A major disaster, public health incident, or emergency could result in the loss of key officials, partial or complete destruction of established seats of government and facilities, and the destruction of public and private records essential to the continued operations of government and industry in any given jurisdiction. During these events, essential government services must be continued. In order to adequately prepare for these situations, ISC recognizes the importance and value of Continuity of Government (COG) Plans and Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP).
ISC’s approach to COOP and COG planning is to first develop a COG Plan that coordinates individual department COOPs into a more efficient and effective overall plan. This will help facilitate improved coordination between individual departments during response operations and make the transition to short-term recovery operations, if appropriate. More specifically, the COG plan will ensure that command and control of response and recovery operations are maintained and will help in supporting the continuance of basic governmental functions.
Specifically, these plans are designed to:
- Ensure that the client is prepared to respond to emergencies, recover from them, and mitigate against their impacts.
- Ensure that the client is prepared to provide critical services in an environment of diminished capabilities due to internal or external threats.
- Protect essential facilities, equipment, records, and other assets before, during, and after an incident.
- Achieve a timely and orderly recovery from an emergency and facilitate the resumption of full services following an incident.
- Ensure that personnel are aware of and trained in emergency operations.