When it comes to crisis management and response, most municipalities or
government agencies respond to the immediate physical threat, and by and
large, they do it quite well. With proper funding and equipment, they
can handle the blizzards, flooding, and other environmental disasters for their
communities. This is good, because satisfying the needs of
constituents, as well as the economy and judicial system are mission
But how well prepared are these governmental entities
for when the crisis is not regional? When a pipe breaks in the
documents storage area and destroys tax records, property maps, or birth /
marriage / death certificates, when the computers fail, how long can
they operate without e-mail, access to court records, or 911 capabilities?
If City Hall burns down, how and where will city government resume
operations - and how long will it take?
Once a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) has been developed in
conjunction with the Continuity of Government (COG) Plan, these and many
more questions will be answered. But more importantly for the citizens
of the community, their lives will return to normal much faster and with a
controlled level of disruption.
FEMA has been authorized to withhold funding from
governmental agencies that are not in compliance with the National Incident
Management System (NIMS). One section of NIMS requires a comprehensive
COOP plan to allow for timely resumption of governmental operations.
If your agency or municipality does not comply with this requirement, your
funding can be at risk.
EMplans.com is a web-based planning tool designed to guide government
organizations through the process of developing Continuity of Operations
Plans (COOP). The EMplans.com system is designed to meet the continuity
planning guidelines and best practices established by FEMA's National
Continuity Program for Federal, State, regional, local, and tribal
organizations, including Federal Continuity Directive 1 & 2 (FCD1/FCD2)
and Continuity Guidance Circular 1 (CGC1).
The EMplans.com system walks users through each step of the COOP
planning process and helps develop a COOP plan that clearly outlines the
elements required for an organization to continue to
perform its Mission Essential Functions during times of disruption.
If you are a university, college, or other educational institution, and you
to help assure your future in the event of a fire, technology failure,
pandemic, workplace violence, scandal, or a plethora of other threats,
contact Tech Valley Continuity.
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Continuity - Turning Potential Disasters into an Annoyance™