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ANSI-HSSP to Hold Workshop on Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina


New York, Jun 08, 2006

In February 2006, a select committee of the U.S. House of Representatives issued a critical report on the overall preparation and response to Hurricane Katrina. The committee’s investigation identified a number of institutional and individual failures that contributed to the loss of life and property in the aftermath of the storm. As many communities in America brace for yet another severe hurricane season, the Homeland Security Standards Panel of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI-HSSP) is turning its focus on the role for standards and conformity assessment in emergency preparedness, response and recovery efforts by hosting a workshop on Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina.

The workshop, scheduled for July 12, 2006, at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC, will examine key federal agency reports issued to date on “lessons learned” from Katrina with the purpose of identifying potential areas of standardization to support the recommended improvements to emergency response efforts. The workshop will utilize as a focal point the standard NFPA 1600, Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, along with other important standards on specific aspects of emergency preparedness. The workshop will also address implementation programs, such as the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) in the public sector and the New York University InterCEP and ALAMO Learning Systems programs in the private sector.

The workshop will seek to determine if additional standards are needed to delve deeper into particular subject matter or to address areas that may not covered by NFPA 1600. Input from the meeting will be fed back to the NFPA 1600 technical committee for consideration during its next review cycle.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the American Red Cross, and key private sector organizations will be on hand to discuss their perspectives on the lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and key strategic initiatives going forward.

Breakout sessions will explore the role of standards in addressing critical issues such as:

  • emergency preparedness and contingency planning, incident command, communications, and incident situational awareness
  • cross-border regional preparedness, mutual aid agreements, and contingency plans if mutual aid partners cannot respond
  • operations for natural disasters, and possibly areas such as pandemic flu eruptions
The ANSI-HSSP workshop will be co-located with the Workshop on Condition Assessment of Critical Infrastructure, hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Committee on Critical Infrastructure and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on July 13-14, 2006.

The ANSI-HSSP workshop will be held at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC. There is no registration fee to attend the workshop, however, attendance will be limited due to meeting space size and to better facilitate the roundtable discussions. For more information, sponsor opportunities, and to register, please contact Matt Deane, ANSI’s Director of Homeland Security Standards (mdeane@ansi.org) no later than June 30, 2006.

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