Input from subject matter experts has been and continues to be critical to the development of NFPA 1600. The committee has strived over time to address the needs of the private and public sectors and organizations large and small. Public review and input is essential to ensure the standards addresses the needs of a wide range of “entities.” Over the course of nearly 25 years and seven editions, the technical committee has considered over one thousand proposals. Many of these proposals have strengthened the document. If you choose to submit input, your voice will be heard. Each submission is logged, and the committee is obligated by rule to act on each.

ACP members are encouraged to submit input, which can be done online via NFPA’s website. Go to and click on the tab for “Next Edition.” Select the “Submit Public Input Online” ( Public input on the first draft of the 2019 edition is open until January 5, 2017. Following the committee’s balloting of the first draft, the draft will be available for review and a second round of public input will open. If you simply want to follow the development of NFPA 1600, click on the link to “receive email updates.”

Membership in the technical committee is limited to 30 and each primary member can choose to have an alternate. Unfortunately, there has been a long waiting list to join the committee, but interested professionals should consider submitting an application. Ensuring the committee has broad expertise in all of the standard’s elements means that the best available candidate is selected when appointing a new member—not necessarily the applicant that has waited the longest. Professionals can also volunteer to participate in task groups and attend meetings with the permission of the chair. Requests should be submitted to NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471 attention: Staff Liaison to NFPA 1600.

About the author

Don SchmidtDonald L. Schmidt, ARM, CBCP, CBCLA, MCP, CEM® is the CEO of Preparedness, LLC. He is the past-chair of the technical committee that was responsible for the 2010, 2013, and 2016 editions of NFPA 1600. He is the editor and co-author of “Implementing NFPA 1600 National Preparedness Standard published by NFPA and five other books. He is also a member of the USA’s technical advisory group to the ISO Security Committee, NFPA’s pre-incident planning committee, and ASTM’s school emergency preparedness committee.

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