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As the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19) grows, it is critical to have the information you need to help mitigate impacts and protect your community.

As an all-hazards information and knowledge leader, NFPA offers a variety of resources that emergency managers, businesses, schools, and health care providers can use to help prepare for, develop or update continuity plans; and protect those who may be vulnerable or exposed to this infectious disease. Free access to NFPA's codes and standards are available to the public.

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For government officials

As government officials on all levels across the globe issue travel directives and ask non-essential employees to work remotely during the pandemic, once fully occupied buildings are near vacant or dramatically underused. NFPA urges officials to ensure that fire protection and life safety systems be maintained in all commercial and multi-occupancy residential buildings throughout this global pandemic.

In order to avoid exacerbate the current environment by compromising fire and life safety, and leaving buildings vulnerable to vandalism, NFPA offers recommendations.

Also see: NFPA Policy Institute and Others Urge Government Officials to Prioritize Responder Access to PPE and COVID-19 Testing

Responder safety during pandemics

When tragic events unfold, it is our first responders that are on the front line, risking their own safety to help others. And, not surprisingly, first responders are responding to changes in a COVID-19 world.

Also see: The Fire & Life Safety Policy Institute Weighs in On Low Levels of PPE for Responders During COVID-19 Times

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.


NFPA 1581, Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program, offers important and timely guidance for keeping first responders safe. In this episode of Learn Something New™ by NFPA Journal®, we examine four key takeaways from the standard.

Health care facilities

NFPA 99Health Care Facilities Code, is an indispensable resource for health care decision-makers, offering essential safety information and requirements for emergency planning, isolation spaces, infection control, IT, data infrastructure, and many other relevant topics.

Blog - Maintaining Fire Safety in Medical Tents


Emergency planning

Widely used by public, not-for-profit, nongovernmental, and private entities on a local, regional, national, and global basis, NFPA 1600®, Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management®, offers key information for entities who want to conduct a risk assessment, business impact analysis, capabilities and needs assessments, and develop emergency and recovery plans. In fact, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission) recognized NFPA 1600 as our National Preparedness Standard®. NFPA 1600 is also available in Spanish.

NFPA 3000, Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Programprovides specific and tailored information about ASHER incident preparedness, response, and recovery – but the best practices within that first-of- its-kind standard can be applied broadly for an all-hazards protocol and easier recovery.

Read more from Emergency Services Specialist John Montes on NFPA's blog. You can also read this blog post in Spanish.


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News releases & additional information
  • News release - NFPA’s online resources help educate kids about fire safety through fun, engaging activities, lesson plans, videos, and interactive games
  • News release - As threat of COVID-19 continues to expand globally, NFPA offers information and resources to help emergency responders, healthcare facilities, and AHJs mitigate its impact and help protect their communities
  • News release - NFPA urges added caution around home fire safety during COVID-19 pandemic
  • News release - NFPA issues guidance to government officials on fire protection and life safety systems regardless of occupancy status
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