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Program Assessment Checklist

Download our self-assessment checklist based on NFPA 1600-2013. Use it to evaluate your emergency management and business continuity program. A 2007 edition checklist is also available.

Resources

Be sure to check out our "Resources" page, which includes links to numerous organizations and hundreds of documents to assist you with the development of your program.

References & Resources

Self-Assessment Checklist

Download our self-assessment checklist based on NFPA 1600-2013. Use the checklist to evaluate your emergency management and business continuity program. This is not an "official" checklist, and it was not prepared in conjunction with NFPA. However, it provides more guidance than the checklist within NFPA 1600, which is limited to text from the body of the standard and Annex A. A checklist based on the 2007 edition of NFPA 1600 is also available.

NFPA 1600 Handbook

"Implementing NFPA 1600 National Preparedness Standard," a handbook edited and coauthored by Donald L. Schmidt, has been published by NFPA. This authoritative new manual explains how to develop an emergency management and business continuity program in compliance with NFPA 1600, the standard adopted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Along with the full text of NFPA 1600, "Implementing NFPA 1600" contains the practical, hands-on guidance business owners, managers, and consultants need.

Chapters cover the essential elements of an emergency management and business continuity program including program management, risk assessment, hazard prevention, risk mitigation, resource management, planning for emergencies, business continuity planning, crisis communications, incident management, training, drills, exercises, and program evaluation.

U.S. Laws & Regulations

Regulations.gov

Regulations.gov, Regulations.gov is your one-stop Web site to find, view, and comment on Federal regulations and other Federal actions.

Occupational Safety & Health

Americans with Disabilities Act
Executive Order #13347

Environmental Laws and Regulations

Title IX of Public Law 110-53

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State Laws, Regulations, & Codes

Contact the state to determine safety and health, homeland security, and environmental laws and regulations as well as legally enforceable building, life safety, and fire codes. The application of laws, regulations, and codes vary by type of building, occupancy (how the building or portion of the building is used), occupancy hazards, and size (height and or square footage.)

Links to approved State Occupational Safety and Health Plans are maintained on the OSHA website. Links to state environmental regulations are provided by the U.S. EPA website.

Be sure to determine if there are any county or city ordinances, regulations, or amendments to state adopted codes and standards. Contact your local public agencies including law enforcement, fire department, building official, emergency management agency, or the local administrative offices.

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Codes

A code is "a standard that is an extensive compilation of provisions covering broad subject matter or that is suitable for adoption into law independently of other codes and standards." [NFPA]

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Standards

A standard is a document, which is in a form generally suitable for adoption into law or adoption by a public or private organization. Mandatory provisions are located in the body of the document, and nonmandatory provisions and explanatory material are located in an annex, appendix, footnote, or fine-print note.

Many laws and regulations incorporate standards by referencing them. For example, many Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations incorporate fire protection and life safety requirements by referencing standards published by the National Fire Protection Association. Many states and other political jurisdictions incorporate model codes and standards such as those published by ASTM International, the International Code Council, or NFPA into their building, life safety, and fire prevention codes. Referenced codes and standards then become legal requirements subject to any amendments within the regulation or statutory relief within the enabling legislation.

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Standards

Ten years ago, the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA), Public Law 104-113, was signed into law, and implemented using Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-119, “Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities.”  NTTAA requires all federal agencies and departments to use technical standards, unless their use is impractical or inconsistent with law.  NTTAA is the basis for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) adoption of Non-Government Standards (NGS).

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Industry/Best/Recommended Practices

Emergency Management

Business Continuity

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Legal Perspective on Preparedness

The following articles were written by Professor Denis Binder, Chapman University School of Law. Collectively these articles present the legal perspective on planning for emergencies and disasters as well as the role of statutes, regulations, and standards in planning.

Government Agencies

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Organizations

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Information Sharing & Analysis Centers

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Lessons Learned & Case Studies

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Online & Print Periodicals

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Resource Management

Online Directories of Products & Services

Communications & Warning

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Risk Assessment

Also see "Hazards" and "Prevention & Mitigation"

Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 201: Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Guide, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, April 2012. CPG 201 provides a five-step process for conducting a Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment. Developing an understanding of its risks from natural, technological, and human-caused threats and hazards, allows a community to make informed decisions about how to manage risk and develop needed capabilities.

Hazards

Also see "Prevention & Mitigation"

Cyber/Information Technology

Environmental

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Pandemic Disease

Pandemic Preparedness Program

We can help you develop your pandemic preparedness program:

  • Define roles, responsibilities, authorities, and tasks for each WHO pandemic phase
  • Address personal hygiene and infection control
  • Identify, and develop strategies to sustain, essential employees
  • Develop risk communication strategies
  • Write a plan document and provide training

If you need assistance, please contact us.

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Natural Hazards [Meteorological, Geological]

Earthquake

Flood

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Hurricane

Hurricane
Preparedness

We can help you develop your hurricane preparedness and response plan:

  • Conduct a hurricane risk assessment to identify vulnerabilities and opportunities for risk mitigation
  • Define roles, responsibilities, authorities, and tasks for hurricane preparedness, response, and recovery
  • Identify the resources needed for preparedness and recovery; evaluate the adequacy of existing resources
  • Write a phased hurricane preparedness and response plan
  • Conduct training and facilitate exercises to familiarize personnel with the plan

If you need assistance, please contact us.

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Landslide

Volcanoes

Tsunami

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Weather

Thunderstorms & Lightning

Tornadoes

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Terrorism [Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives]

Workplace Violence

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Prevention & Mitigation

Also see "Hazards"

Property Loss Prevention

Natural Hazards

Physical & Operational Security

Information Technology/Computer Security

Terrorism

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Emergency Planning

Special Events

Planning for Persons with Disabilities, Special, or Functional Needs

Protective Actions for Life Safety (Evacuation, Lockdown, Shelter-in-Place)

Hazard/Threat Specific Guidance

Bomb Threats & Suspicious Packages

Fire

(Review fire codes for emergency planning requirements.)

Hazardous Materials

(Review fire codes for emergency planning requirements.)

Medical

Natural Disasters

Rescue

Workplace Violence

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Business Continuity

Professional Practices & Certification

Planning Resources

Information Technology

Crisis Communications

Bernstein Crisis Management, Inc., a partner of Preparedness, LLC, is a national consultancy that not only provides 24/7 crisis response and reputation management (online and offline), but also provides a wide range of preparedness services, including media training (live and webcam-based), large- and small-group “Crisis Management Basic Training” and crisis communications plans.  BCM publishes a free semi-monthly newsletter, “Crisis Manager,” and offers a variety of crisis management training materials for sale.

Recovery

Human Resources/Critical Incident Stress

Relocation & Telecommuting

Facility Repair

Repair of Wind Damaged Roof Systems, FM Global Data Sheet 1-30

Document Recovery

Machinery & Equipment Restoration

Cleanup

  • Disaster Cleanup and Safety Precautions, Business.gov (Links to resources from the Centers for Disease Control, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency)
  • Response/Recovery, U. S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (links to fact sheets, "QuickCards," safety & health guides, and other resources to protect workers in the aftermath of a disaster)

Incident Management

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Training, Drills & Exercises

Training

Exercises & Testing