From the Office of the Sheriff
Sheriff Dennis L. Dotson
For Immediate Release
Date: Mar 17, 2010
||Lieutenant Curtis Landers|
||Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)|
||Lincoln County, Oregon|
Lincoln County has initiated a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) project to assist all County Departments and Offices, Cities, and Fire Districts with plan development and ongoing plan maintenance. This project was funded by a regional Homeland Security Grant received by Benton County, Oregon.
COOP is defined by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) as an internal effort within individual components of a government to ensure the capability exists to continue essential component functions across a wide range of potential emergencies, including localized acts of nature, accidents, and technological or attack-related emergencies.
In order to support the strategic goals for operational continuity, organizations across the country are adopting COOP planning as a high priority. A COOP program is being developed by Lincoln County to ensure the ability to recover and provide vital services to citizens following a major disruption.
COOP is a basic building block of any emergency planning program. It also has applicability well beyond large-scale disaster events. There are many potential situations when a COOP plan will be activated without a true emergency or disaster. These include, but are not limited to:
- Pandemic Flu and other issues that result in work force reduction.
- Data center issues that impact the availability of IT system.
- Plumbing issues that cause water damage to facilities or issues that disable water supply to a facility.
- Moving offices to a new location.
- Small fires in buildings that cause damage and smoke-related issues.
- IT issues that impact critical systems.
- Major disasters that disrupt operations.
Bold Planning Solutions was selected by the regionís request for proposal evaluation committee to assist with the development of COOP plans. Bold Planning is a nationally recognized consultant on COOP plans and has performed work for Clackamas County, among others. Bold Planning utilizes an online COOP planning tool to simplify the process and provide a detailed plan.
Lincoln County began the COOP plan process with two local kick-off training meetings on March 10 and 11, 2010 with Bold Planning Solutions. The process is scheduled to take around six months to complete.
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