Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)We create COOPs that document how your organization will perform essential operations during an emergency situation or long-term disruption, which might last from 2 days to several weeks. The plan will identify mission-critical functions, communication methods, and alternate personnel, systems and locations. There are certain key planning principles we use when writing your organization's COOP:
▪ Essential Functions – The focus of the COOP is on essential functions, not particular people. Essential functions and those who can fulfill those functions will change, depending on the situation.
▪ Nothing New – The functions of an organization do not change in a COOP; organizations not normally responsible for food, shelter, security, etc. do not need to plan to assume those responsibilities.
▪ Planning – The planning process is the most important aspect of the COOP, even more so than the final product.
▪ Decision Making – The plan will not cover all contingencies. However, our expert planning will allow for good decision making in the midst of a crisis.
How is a COOP Different from an Emergency Action Plan?
Emergency Action Plans are building-specific, short-term plans that details how occupants should evacuate or shelter-in-place, what type of fire alarm systems are present, and where to assemble if the building is evacuated. COOPs detail how an organization would provide essential services and continue to function in an extended emergency event or disruption.