Continuity of Operations Planning
Continuity of Operations (COOP), as defined in the National Security Presidential Directive-51/Homeland Security Presidential Directive-20 (NSPD-51/HSPD-20) and the National Continuity Policy Implementation Plan (NCPIP), is an effort within individual executive departments and agencies to ensure that Primary Mission Essential Functions (PMEFs) continue to be performed during a wide range of emergencies, including localized acts of nature, accidents and technological or attack-related emergencies.
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An organization’s resiliency is directly related to the effectiveness of its continuity capability. An organization’s continuity capability—its ability to perform its essential functions continuously, during a crisis rests upon key components which are in turn built on the foundation of continuity planning and emergency management. A Continuity of Operations Plan within an organization must ensure coordination and oversight in the development and implementation of continuity plans and supporting procedures.
A standardized COOP management cycle ensures consistency across all continuity programs and supports the foundation that comprises continuity capability. It establishes prioritization and implementation of plans, ensures best practices, and facilitates consistent cross-organization continuity evaluations.
With extensive experience in Continuity of Operations planning, Brocato and Associates can tailor a continuity program management plan to suit your business or public safety/emergency management agency regardless of size.