Continuity of Operations Planning

Continuity of Operations Planning, or COOP ensures that vital day to day mission essential services of government will continue by all agencies in the event of an emergency or disaster. Because Prince George’s County is committed to responding to all types of threats, it is important that our critical operational functions continue under all circumstances. COOP provides our government agencies with a template on how to continue internal mission-critical operations when faced with interruptions. COOP planning is a continuous process and should be reviewed and updated as the Agency mission, functions and needs changed.

When COOP is Needed
Operational interruptions that may require COOP include:

  • Acts of nature
  • Fire
  • Maintenance
  • Mechanical equipment failure
  • Renovations
  • Severe weather
  • Technology malfunction and/or other malfunctions

COOP for Businesses
It is important that businesses are prepared for emergencies. Whether it’s a power outage, fire, weather related incident or terrorist attack, businesses should take steps to prepare for emergencies.

  • Identify hazards that could affect your business
  • Prepare a Business Continuity Plan that identifies maintaining and/or restoring critical functions
  • Communicate with your employees
  • Protect your physical assets
  • Have an Emergency Action Plan

If you are interested in obtaining information on Continuity of Operations Planning for Business, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at 301-324-4400.

Read the FEMA Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry (PDF).