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Continuity of operations planning (COOP) allows for the continuation of the essential functions of government departments or agencies during any incident or emergency that may disrupt normal operations. COOP addresses the recovery of critical and essential government operations in the event of an emergency. This can be on a short-term basis, like a power failure, where having backup capability (systems, personnel, processes, files, and etc.) can quickly resolve the situation. It can also be longer term such as in the case of a natural disaster when services are impacted for several days, or in some cases, weeks.
- Introduce the concept of continuity of operations and define its objectives and scope
- Define the context of a continuity of operations policy
- Provide an outline for a continuity of operations plan
- Emphasize the importance of broad organizational participation in the development, training, and testing of continuity of operations plans