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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.


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.

U.S. Laws & Regulations


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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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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“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.” [NFPA] “A standard is a document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose.” [ISO]

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.

Emergency Management & Business Continuity

  • NFPA 1600 "Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs", National Fire Protection Association
  • CSA Z1600, Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, Canadian Standards Association (purchase required)
  • ISO 22300 Society security - Terminology (purchase required)
  • ISO 22301 Societal security - Business continuity management systems - Requirements (purchase required)
  • ISO 22313 Societal security - Business continuity management systems — Guidance (purchase required)
  • ISO 22320 Societal security - Emergency management - Requirements for incident response (purchase required)
  • ISO 22398 Societal security - Guidelines for Exercises (purchase required)
  • ASIS SPC. 1–2009 "Organizational Resilience: Security Preparedness, and Continuity Management Systems— Requirements with Guidance for Use" (purchase required)
  • Vital Records: Identifying, Managing, and Recovering Business-Critical Records, ARMA International (purchase required)

Risk Management

  • ISO 31000 Risk management - Principles and guidelines (purchase required)
  • ISO/TR 31004 Risk management -- Guidance for the implementation of ISO 31000 (purchase required)
  • IEC 31010 Risk management - Risk assessment techniques (purchase required)

Information Security

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Standards Databases

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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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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"


Also see "Prevention & Mitigation"

Cyber/Information Technology


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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]



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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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Thunderstorms & Lightning


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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


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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


(Review fire codes for emergency planning requirements.)

Hazardous Materials

(Review fire codes for emergency planning requirements.)


Natural Disasters


Workplace Violence

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Business Continuity

Professional Practices & Certification

Planning Resources

Information Technology

Crisis Communications

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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


  • 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


Exercises & Testing