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On April 29, 2004, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recommended to the 9/11 Commission that NFPA 1600 be established as the national preparedness standard. On July 22, 2004, the 9/11 Commission formally endorsed NFPA 1600 and urged that compliance with NFPA 1600 be taken into account by the insurance and credit rating industries in assessing a company’s insurance rating and creditworthiness. The 9/11 Commission also believes “compliance with the standard should define the standard of care owed by a company to its employees and the public for legal purposes.”
NFPA 1600 establishes a shared set of norms for disaster management, emergency management, and business continuity programs. It also recognizes ways to exercise plans and makes available a listing of resource organizations within the fields of disaster recovery, emergency management and business continuity planning. One vital aspect of NFPA 1600 is its requirement that all emergency management and business continuity programs must comply with all relevant laws, policies and industry practice.
Incorporating NFPA 1600 Through EMAP