Environmental Health & Safety

Business Continuity

Continuity of Operations planning is a federal initiative to encourage people and departments to plan to address how critical operations will continue under a broad range of circumstances.  COOP is important as a good business practice and because the planning fosters recovery and survival in and after emergency situations.

A COOP plan addresses emergencies from an all-hazards approach.  A continuity of operations plan establishes policy and guidance, ensuring that critical functions continue and that personnel and resources are relocated to an alternate facility in case of emergencies.  The plan should develop procedures for:

  • alerting, notifying, activating, and deploying employees
  • identifying critical business functions
  • establishing an alternate facility
  • roster personnel with authority and knowledge of functions.


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