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DHS/FEMA extends comment period and announces hearings on standards selected for PS-Prep Programme

NFPA 1600 is one of three standards selected by DHS/FEMA to be used for accrediting certifiers and certifying private sector preparedness plans

FEMA has extended the comment period on standards selected for the Voluntary PS-Prep Program

New deadline for comments is January 15.

NFPA 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs has been designated for adoption under the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (PS-Prep).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of DHS has extended the comment period on standards selected for the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program (PS-Prep) to January 15, 2010.

NFPA 1600 is one of three standards selected by DHS/FEMA to be used for accrediting certifiers and certifying private sector preparedness plans under the federal program.

In addition, DHS/FEMA announced that they will be holding half-day public hearings throughout the U.S. starting November 17th and ending December 14th in ten cities across the nation, seeking public input and dialogue with federal officials managing the PS-Prep Program.

Comments can be submitted to FEMA by January 15, 2010.

Electronic comment form and instructions are available at www.regulations.gov in Docket ID: FEMA-2008-0017. FEMA is asking members of the public who wish to make a presentation at a hearing to submit information one week prior to it. Details have been posted in the Federal Register notice.

NFPA has made NFPA 1600 available for free viewing and PDF downloads. It is also available as a free iPhone application. Information on the PS-Prep program is available at: http://www.fema.gov/privatesectorpreparedness.

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