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January 4, 2011 - ASTM International standard ASTM E2640, Guide for Resource Management in Emergency Management and Homeland Security addresses most effective ways to manage resources when disaster strikes. It serves to increase awareness and offer guidance to responder community concerning resource management. Guidance regards concepts of what should be included as part of resource management program and is intended to complement existing plans, policies, and procedures.

New ASTM Standard Addresses Resource Management in the Wake of Disaster

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Press release date: December 29, 2010

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-A new ASTM International standard addresses the most effective ways to manage resources when disaster strikes.

The new standard, ASTM E2640, Guide for Resource Management in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, was developed by Subcommittee E54.02 on Emergency Preparedness, Training and Procedures. The subcommittee is under the jurisdiction of ASTM International Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications.

"ASTM E2640 was developed to increase awareness and to offer guidance to the responder community in the area of resource management," says Robert Stenner, Ph.D., chairman of E54.02. "ASTM E2640 is intended to offer guidance on concepts of what should be included as part of a resource management program. It is intended to complement existing plans, policies and procedures of the responder community."

According to Dr. Stenner, ASTM E2640 focuses on common terminology and is broken into the two primary areas of preparedness and operations. Within each area, the guide focuses on the common essential elements of resource management.


  • Planning and procedures;

  • Resource needs assessment;

  • Specific resources;

  • Necessary resource agreements;

  • Inventory process;

  • Maintenance of resources; and

  • Information systems.


  • Identifying requirements;

  • Ordering and acquiring;

  • Mobilization and coordination;

  • Command and control;

  • Receipt, tracking and reporting;

  • Logistics support planning;

  • Recovering/Demobilization; and

  • Financial reimbursement.

    Now that ASTM E2640 has been approved and published, the subcommittee is developing a proposed new standard, ASTM WK24630, Guide for Credentialing for Access to a Disaster Scene. All interested parties are invited to participate in the development of ASTM WK24630, which will address credentialing needs from a practical user perspective.

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    ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

    View this release on the ASTM Web site at

    ASTM Committee E54 Next Meeting: Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2011, January Committee Week, Baltimore, Md.

    Technical Contact: Robert Stenner, West Richland, Wash., Phone: 509-531-6438;

    ASTM Staff Contact: Rick Lake, Phone: 610-832-9689;

    ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603;
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