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Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Federation of members and partners, highlighting recent accomplishments and new resources related to standardization.

Help Send ITI to SXSW 2020
This year, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), an ANSI member, has the opportunity to participate in South By Southwest 2020 with three proposed panel discussions: Importance of Standards in the Global & Political Debate; Increasing Resiliency & Citizen Safety With Tech; and Tech Procurement: Enabling Smart Governance in DC. The proposed standards panel will outline why standards are integral to leadership in innovation and what nations must do to ensure consumers' needs are met. Panelists include ITI president and CEO Jason Oxman, ANSI vice president for government relations and public policy Mary Saunders, ITI senior director of policy (Asia) Naomi Wilson, and NIST senior policy advisor of standards and digitization Ajit Jillavenkatesa.

To vote for the ITI panels to be included at SXSW 2020, cast your vote in the related panel links above.

AAMI Video Honors Healthcare Technology Management Workers' Efforts in CA Wildfire
The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has produced a new video tribute to the heroic work of healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals in the midst of a wildfire in California last year.

In November 2018, the fire descended on the Adventist Hospital Feather River. No ambulances or emergency responders were able to get to the hospital, and the HTM team reacted quickly to gather wheelchairs and use them to evacuate patients with private vehicles.

"There was no hesitation," Rob Harry, site director of clinical engineering at the hospital, says in the video. "I didn't think of anything except getting our job done and getting the patients out."

Learn more and view the video on AAMI's site.

NFPA Offers Fire Departments a Chance to Win a "Fire Prevention Week in a Box" Package
As part of its annual Fire Prevention Week, celebrated October 6-12, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is running a sweepstakes for fire departments to receive their "Fire Prevention Week in a Box" kit, with kids' activity booklets, magnets, stickers, banners, and goodie bags for 300 people.

Fire departments that sign up for this program from August 12-30 will automatically be entered in the sweepstakes for free Fire Prevention Week materials. To learn more, sign up, and enter the sweepstakes, see NFPA's website.

CSA Group Releases Report on Climate Change's Impact on Electrical Code
CSA Group, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has published a report on the role that climate change and its associated impacts will have on the future of electricity in Canada.

The free report includes findings from cross-country workshops that examined the gaps in current electrical standards, identifies best practices in climate adaptation, and offers potential recommendations for updates to the Canadian Electrical Code. The report addresses flooding; extreme weather; ice, wind, and snow loads; and wildfires.

Learn more and access the report at no cost on CSA's website.

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Jana Zabinski

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Beth Goodbaum

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