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National Preparedness Workshop to Focus on NFPA 1600


New York, May 13, 2004

The Greater New York Safety Council will be hosting a two-day National Preparedness Workshop on NFPA 1600 - Disaster/ Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, an American National Standard that was recently presented to the 9-11 Commission by ANSI as a recommended national preparedness standard for the private sector. (See related news item). The workshop, specifically designed for organizations interested in developing or updating their emergency management and business continuity programs, also includes 12 months of follow-on support addressing the standard.

The workshop will be held June 15-16 at the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York City and will include an expert analysis of NFPA 1600 and its continuing evolution by representatives from leading private sector firms, key industry associations and insurance companies. Other invited subject matter experts include representatives from the FBI, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), the NYPD Counter-Terrorism Division, FDNY, and the NYC Office of Emergency Management.

During the two-day interactive workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to ascertain how the latest edition of the NFPA 1600 can be used to develop new programs, or assess an organization’s existing emergency management and business continuity programs. Key tools provided include overview training, workbooks, checklists and job aids necessary to update such programs in an integrated and logical manner. The 12-month follow-on support will include a downloadable detailed workbook and online resource center that can be used to facilitate the development or review of an organization’s program.

Organizations are invited to send several representatives from key functional areas to participate in this workshop. Click here for additional details and for registration information.

Maintained by the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA 1600 was developed in conjunction with FEMA, the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and NFPA. Electronic copies of the standard are available for public download at www.nfpa.org.

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