Recent disaster and emergency events around the globe have focused attentions on the need for international standards for disaster and emergency-related principles, management, products, and services. Such standards aim to save lives, properties, and time, and enhance cooperation, trust, and performances, and therefore are of vital importance. Over the two decades of the late 1990s and early 2000s, various codes, principles, guidelines, standards, and best practices have been proposed by different organizations targeting international users. The particular drivers behind these initiatives vary widely. It is important for organizations and professionals involved in disasters and emergencies to become familiar with the history, evolution, types, and contents of these standards as they might affect their approach, operations, and activities. There is a range of international standards relating ...

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