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Security Standard aids emergency operations center development.

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January 13, 2010 - Draft standard WK12954, Guide for the Development of an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E54.02 on Emergency Preparedness, Training, and Procedures. It aims to provide advice and existing best business practices for creation of EOCs. Glenn Wisbey, an E54 member, said that this proposed guide will walk emergency managers or business continuity planners through development process when new or updated EOC is needed.

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Proposed ASTM Homeland Security Standard to Aid in Development of Emergency Operations Centers

Press release date: January 11, 2010

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-While operations centers are key to managing emergency situations, standards specific to developing these centers currently do not exist. However, a proposed new ASTM International standard that will provide advice and existing best business practices for the creation of emergency operations centers is being developed by ASTM Committee E54 (www.astm.org/COMMIT/E54.htm) on Homeland Security Applications. The draft standard, WK12954 (astm.org/WorkItems/WK12954.htm), Guide for the Development of an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E54.02 on Emergency Preparedness, Training and Procedures. "If an emergency manager or business continuity planner needs a new emergency operations center or is considering updating an existing EOC, this proposed guide will walk them through the development process," says Glenn Wisbey, logistics operations branch manager, North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, and an E54 member. Frank Kriz, an emergency management consultant and an E54 member, says, "It is our hope as a committee that through development of WK12954 and other proposed standards, people recognize that one size does not fit all. It is important that those who will be using this proposed standard upon its approval have choices that are realistic." To purchase ASTM standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation number, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (phone: 610-832-9585; service@astm.org). ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN. 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 www.astmnewsroom.org. ASTM Committee E54 Next Meeting: Jan. 25-27, January committee week, San Antonio, Texas

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