The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) yesterday recommended to the 9-11 Commission that a National Fire Protection Association standard, NFPA 1600 Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, be recognized as the national preparedness standard. NFPA 1600, available free online in PDF format at www.nfpa.org, establishes a common set of criteria for disaster management, emergency management, and business continuity programs.