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As the uncertainty and concerns around COVID-19 broaden worldwide, NFPA is committed to helping entities and communities address risks through developing emergency plans. Take action to help slow the spread and reduce the impacts of coronavirus by accessing the critical provisions found in NFPA 1600, NFPA 99, NFPA 1999, and NFPA 1581. You can also find more information on this subject in this recently posted blog Organizational Planning Tips for Pandemic Preparedness from NFPA.

Use the following NFPA codes and standards to assist in your efforts to address this issue through measures related to prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Free access available to the public on

NFPA 1600®, Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management, is the recognized National Preparedness Standard®, offering vital information on conducting risk assessments, business impact analysis, capabilities, needs assessments, and developing emergency and recovery plans for myriad events including pandemic.
NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, is an indispensable resource for healthcare decision-makers, offering essential safety information and requirements for emergency planning, isolation spaces, infection control, IT and data infrastructure, and many other relevant topics.
NFPA 1999, Standard on Protective Clothing and Ensembles for Emergency Medical Operations, provides requirements for the clothing and certain respiratory devices used not only by on-scene first responders but also by first receiver health care workers at facilities where treatment will be rendered.
NFPA 1581, Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program, provides the minimum requirements for infection control programs to help identify and limit the potential of an infectious exposure to fire department members as well as other first responders during the performance of their assigned duties and within the responder working and living environment.

For more information from APPA click here. Connect with colleagues on the COVID-19 Community Page.