A robust emergency management framework, such as the one provided in NFPA 1600, is vital to ensure companies are prepared for future disruptions and remain operational in times of crisis.
What is NPFA 1660 & Why is it Important?
NFPA 1660 is a new consensus standard put forth by NFPA’s Emergency Response & Responder Safety (ERRS) team that provides guidelines for the development, implementation, and maintenance of a fully integrated emergency management and business continuity program. NFPA 1660 is adaptable to various types of organizations and can be customized according to specific industry needs. Following this framework is vital for ensuring your response programs are comprehensive, integrated, and well-structured.
Another advantage is that it provides a structured approach for organizations to follow in order to anticipate and mitigate potential risks before they become a crisis. This includes the identification and evaluation of critical business functions and assets that must be protected. By conducting a thorough risk assessment, businesses become significantly more effective in their investment strategies and are more prepared to address unnecessary risks such as inadequate supplies, resources, or staffing.
The standard also emphasizes the importance of exercises, drills, and training. The framework requires organizations to develop training programs and conduct regular exercises to test the effectiveness of their response plans. By conducting regular exercises, businesses can identify gaps in their plans and improve their response capabilities. It also helps to ensure employees maintain the knowledge, skills, and judgement to react / respond safely and effectively.
Lastly, the standard also explains the importance of communication and coordination. When disaster strikes, effective communication and transparency is imperative for building confidence and trust with employees, customers, suppliers, and investors. By communicating a plan is in place, businesses demonstrate their commitment to providing a safe and resilient workforce which ultimately leads to reliable services and customer loyalty.
If you are concerned that your business is not adequately prepared for unexpected emergencies, reach out to our experts who can help set up your Emergency Management and Business Continuity Plans. Contact Brooke Sinclair, CHMM, CSP or Jaron Waller today.