Erica Kuligowski leads workshop at SUPDET 2012
During the recent SupDet 2012, the Fire Protection Research Foundation held a well attended workshop on emergency messaging, which involved the development of emergency messaging templates that will serve as the technical basis for explanatory material in the next edition of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. Guidance was presented to workshop attendees by Erica Kuligowski of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) who is currently working on a guidance document on emergency messaging for a Foundation project sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Then, workshop attendees were split into groups to develop message templates for various types of scenarios, which were then critiqued by the other workshop attendees, which included several experts on human behavior. The critiqued, expert-driven messages will be included in the guidance document, which will later be used by NFPA 72 Technical Committees to create explanatory material for development of emergency messages.
This workshop also provided workshop attendees an opportunity to practice message development and planning, which made for an interesting and fun session for all. Please keep on the lookout for official workshop proceedings, which will be posted on the Foundation website.