“Development of the 2010 edition of NFPA 1600, “Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs” is well underway with an expected publication date of April 2010. NFPA’s Technical Committee on Emergency Management and Business Continuity completed work on the initial draft of the 2010 edition at its August, 2008 meeting.
This draft, also known as the committee’s “Report on Proposals <http://www.nfpa.org/Assets/Files/PDF/ROP/1600-F2009-ROP.pdf>,” has been posted to the National Fire Protection Association’s website <http://www.nfpa.org/Assets/Files/PDF/ROP/1600-F2009-ROP.pdf> .
“Posting of this draft opens the period for submission of public comments. The comment period closes on March 6, 2009. Following the close of comments, the technical committee is scheduled to meet in St. Louis March 17 – 19, 2009 to review and act on all public comments. The document produced from that meeting will also be posted to NFPA’s website late in August.
“NFPA and the technical committee encourage all users to submit comments on the latest draft of NFPA 1600. In the past the technical committee has received hundreds of public proposals and comments, input which the committee has used to make the document stronger.
“You can submit comments on the ROP draft electronically using the NFPA’s online submittal process<http://submissions.nfpa.org/onlinesub/onsubmain.php> , via email (outline your comment on the NFPA’s form <http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/PDF/CodesStandards/NFPACommentForm.doc> and send the form via email to email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> ), or via fax or mail (outline your comment on the NFPA’s form <http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/PDF/CodesStandards/NFPACommentForm.doc> and fax or send to NFPA at the number or address on the form.)
“In accordance with NFPA’s regulations, the technical committee must act on every public comment. It can accept or reject. It can also accept in part, accept in principle, or accept in part in principle. It sounds complicated, but the process ensures that your voice will be heard.
“If anyone has any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.”
Donald L. Schmidt
CEO, Preparedness, LLC
Chair, NFPA’s Technical Committee on Emergency Management and Business Continuity
NFPA 1600 Resource Page: <http://www.preparednessllc.com/resources/nfpa_1600.html>