Draft Essential Services and Key Personnel Matrix
COOP is an effort within individual County departments to ensure
continuity of their essential functions across a wide range of emergencies and events.
Governments at all levels have a fundamental responsibility to provide
uninterrupted essential services to the public, regardless of circumstances. COOP is a good business practice and private business refers to it as
Business Continuity Planning - or BCP.
Delegations of authority
Vital records and databases
Human capital management
Tests, training, and exercises
All plan elements are needed to provide an effective and viable COOP capability.
COOP programs must include regular training, testing, and exercises (TT&E).
People must be trained and tested to ensure they know their COOP responsibilities and duties. Equipment and communications must be tested periodically to ensure that they operate as expected and required.
The following are related FEMA independent study (IS) courses: IS-546,
Continuity of Operations AwarenessCourse and IS-547,
Introduction to Continuity of Operations (COOP) available at the
FEMA web link: http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp