NFPA 1600 Update
Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management
and Business Continuity Programs, 2010 Edition

Donald L. Schmidt

Chair, Technical Committee on Emergency Management and Business Continuity
National Fire Protection Association
CEO, Preparedness LLC

February 25, 2009

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Related Websites:
NFPA Report on Proposals (includes draft NFPA 1600)
NFPA's Online Comment Submission
NFPA Training and Professional Development
Preparedness LLC's NFPA 1600 Resource Page

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53 Ratings Submitted: 52 attended, 1 read, 0 viewed
10 (19%) Academia 11 (21%)
21 (39.5%) Business 14 (28%)
21 (39.5%) Government 22 (41%)
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"Great presentation. Thanks!"

"Excellent overview of NFPA 1600 2010 Edition."
Dean Larson
Purdue University Calumet

"Our institution is delving into NFPA 1600 guidelines now."
Lt Ron Swartz
University of Alaska

"Appreciate hearing everything from Don."
Charles Hout

"Nice presentation. Have not heard Don since he was in College Park, a long time ago."
Russell Strickland
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

"Good insight into ongoing developments in the field of BCM."
Michael J. Dube
Ontario Fire Marshal - Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

"Don did a great job! Thank you Avagene and Amy for your continued effort with the EMFORUM. It's great!"
Lloyd Bokman

"Our expectation was a bit more depth in the overview of the sections of the ROP--not just the process. However QA had some interesting topics and gave us more ideas."

"I will review the NFPA 1600 update and decide if comment from my Local Health Department standpoint is warranted. Will also check into the 2-day professional development course to offer to any of our interested business partners, depending on cost thereof."
Rhonda Grandi
Sierra County Health & Human Service

"Very well presented."
Ray Burciaga
Richmond Fire Dept., Richmond Tx

"The introductory by Don was very informative, but the pace was a little too fast for a new attendee. Otherwise, I enjoyed the meeting format."
Brigid Baty

"Wonderful to hear how north and south of the 49th Parallel work together well in emergency management. Very encouraging! Thank you. Speaker well informed, knowledgeable and well spoken."
Ginger Sherlock
Langley Emergency Program

"Good overview of 1600."
Jim Kendig
Health First Inc

"Our organization strongly recommends this Standard in our program that creates public/private partnerships for cities, counties, and regions across the nation, which is free and is funded by DHS. Therefore, we promote its use by both the public sector (many gov't depts who are not first-responders are not familiar with it) and businesses and not-profit organizations. It can be used jointly through planning, training, and exercising. We appreciate the NFPA1600 Technical Committee in updating this important tool."
Brit Weber
Michigan State University (

"For new DES coordinators, learning all the programs is a daunting task. Sessions such as today helps inform us as to what we need to think and prepare for. A lot of the information does get technical and overwhelming for new people."

"Slides and audio worked well, and I thought the ability to ask a question on line and listen to the response, was very good."
Steve Frew
East Bay Municipal Utility District

"Really insightful info."
Navy Medicine West

"Enjoyed the discussion. Good information."

"Still a little in the dark on relationship to Emergency Management Programs."
Rennie Raines
Baldwin County EMA

"As a memeber of the NIMS Support Center, I found it valuable that the private sector is still struggling with emergency management/preparedness/business continuity."

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Donald L. Schmidt, ARM is CEO of Preparedness, LLC, a Massachusetts based consulting firm that helps clients assess hazard and operational risks; develop and implement strategies and programs to prevent hazards and mitigate the impacts of hazards; and design, implement, and evaluate emergency management and business continuity programs.

He is chair of NFPA's Technical Committee on Emergency Management and Business Continuity, which is responsible for NFPA 1600, "Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs." He is also a principal member of NFPA's Technical Committee on Pre-Incident Planning, which is responsible for NFPA 1620 and a member of ASTM Working Group 8908, which is writing a standard guide for school emergency preparedness. Don is a member of NFPA's professional development faculty for whom he teaches a two-day course on NFPA 1600.

He was a member of the four-person "interdisciplinary" group that wrote the "Framework for Voluntary Preparedness" in response to Title IX of PL 110-53. He is also a member of the ANAB-ASQ National Accreditation Board's Committee of Experts advising ANAB on the requirements for certification bodies who will accredit private sector preparedness programs in accordance with the law.

Mr. Schmidt is the editor of Implementing NFPA 1600 National Preparedness Standard, co-author of Business at Risk: How to Assess, Mitigate, and Respond to Terrorist Threats and Tools & Techniques of Risk Management and Insurance. He is a contributing author to the McGraw Hill Homeland Security Handbook and the Fire Protection Handbook, 20th Edition. He has authored and been interviewed for dozens of articles for national publications and delivered speeches to numerous groups throughout North America.