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ANSI Partners with DHS for National Preparedness Month


New York, Sep 02, 2004

During the month of September, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will partner with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in support of "National Preparedness Month." ANSI joins more than 80 organizations including the American Red Cross, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Fire Protection Association, the National Safety Council and all 56 states and territories to encourage Americans to take simple steps now to prepare themselves and their families for any possible emergencies.

As a National Preparedness Month partner, ANSI – under the auspices of its Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) – is planning a standardization workshop on citizen readiness/emergency preparedness. The Institute will also launch an awareness campaign within the broad U.S. and global standardization community, calling upon its network of standards organizations to assist in promotion of National Preparedness Month to members, constituents and standards users.

“ANSI is proud to respond to calls from government and industry to address urgent national priorities such as homeland security and emergency preparedness,” said ANSI president and CEO Mark W. Hurwitz. “With its broad reach extending to industry, business, consumers and government, the Institute is uniquely positioned to promulgate vital information and resources to the standardization community and its many constituents.”

ANSI sponsored a number of workshops on emergency preparedness and business continuity earlier this year when the ANSI-HSSP responded to a request from the 9-11 Commission to deliver a recommendation on an emergency preparedness for the private sector. ANSI convened safety, security, and business continuity experts from a wide range of industries and associations, as well as from federal, state, and local government stakeholders, to develop the recommendation, which was then endorsed in the Commission’s final report to Congress and the President.

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit DHS online at www.ready.gov.

For more information on the ANSI-HSSP, visit www.ansi.org/hssp.

ANSI is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations, the ANSI Federation represents the diverse interests of more than 120,000 entities and 3.2 million professionals worldwide.

ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). ANSI currently has offices in New York City and Washington, DC.

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