During a disaster or unplanned event an entity’s ability to perform essential functions may be significantly impacted. In the event of disruption, government agencies strive to maintain operations during a forecasted threat and return to full functionality as quickly as possible by implementing a prepared Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). The COOP plan should outline general guidance for altered operational procedures, personnel policies, and sustainment of essential functions. The document will provide an entity with guidance on how to utilize services and identify support necessary to keep their organization running during and after an emergency or disaster.
There are at least 8 elements that a proper COOP Plan should identify:
For more information on developing a COOP plan visit FEMA's Continuity of Operations site.