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Developing Continuity In Government Planning

Written by  Steve Davis Thursday, 22 November 2007 00:28

Government organizations should develop continuity of operations (COOP) and continuity of government (COG) plans as part of a comprehensive emergency management program using a comprehensive planning process based on federal guidance and best practices in emergency management and continuity planning. This article addresses some of the key issues involved in implementing COOP and COG programs. What are COOP and COG? COOP and COG are terms that were first used to refer to the “shadow government” that was conceived during the Cold War as a way to ensure the U.S. government would be able to continue in case of nuclear war. In addition, continuity planning was a requirement for state and local governments under the civil defense program mandates. Today, COOP planning remains an important planning requirement. While terrorism may be the threat that is leading to the increase in planning efforts, COOP and COG planning will help ensure government services in the

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