Topic of the
Month: March 2010
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Posted by Prof. Takeuchi and Dr. Ali
Preparedness ISO" has been
proposed to the 4th International Symposium of Flood Defence in Toronto on May 8th, 2008 as well as some
other occasions by the IFI secretariat at ICHARM.
The Flood Disaster Preparedness
Standard is an international standard that any community of any scale is suggested to follow in order to
make it prepared for natural hazards to minimize their negative impacts and lead to quick recovery when they
occur. The standard is not a list of facilities nor equipments to be installed, but rather a list
of institutional procedure that any community commit to follow to assure a positive
spiral be installed into its community management system leading to a continuous improvement in disaster
preparedness. There are already some, although focuses are different:
- US National Fire
Protection Association (NFPA): NFPA 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business
Continuity Programs,2007 Edition
- ISO (2006):International Workshop
Agreement , Ref number
IWA 5:2006(E) Emergency preparedness
- ISO 9001 and 9004: A
framework for disaster preparedness and also the Disaster Countermeasures Basic Act
of 1997 of Japan
Such standard may be designed under the
(1) Designed according to
the local reality and manageable
within the local context and administrative framework
(2) Decided, implemented, checked and revised
by the community authorities regularly and have a built-in mechanism for continuous improvement in a positive
spiral based on plan-do-check-action cycle .
(3) Linked with and consistent with the
national and regional emergency management scheme .
(4) Supported by the best practicable
disaster forecasting system available to the nation/region.
(5) Internally & externally
reviewed and checked regularly and re-licensing procedure should be
(6) Evolve with societal change
such as land-use change.
More.... Proposal (PDF,
30KB) and; Presentation