Continuity of Operations Planning

When a disaster hits in any form, small municipalities and government organizations need to rely on the knowledge that their continuity of operations planning (COOP) protocols are in place and ready for the challenge. Since, by the time a serious situation has developed, it’s generally too late for any changes to be made. At this point, the fate of these organizations’ operations rests squarely on whether they devoted the resources to creating well-crafted policies beforehand.

While originally developed as a series of protocols to ensure the safety of civilians during the cold war, COOP took on renewed significance after 9/11, when many continuity plans across the country came under scrutiny. In the aftermath, many organizations conducted substantial reevaluations of their procedures, processes that took time and effort, but that could one day have real-world benefits.

But, while the evaluation of a continuity plan may seem like a daunting process, these organizations don’t need to drain their resources by devoting full-time professionals to the task. For an affordable price, government entities can work with an experienced organization like KETCHConsulting to ensure it’s prepared, no matter what the future has in store.

Ensuring the basics of COOP
The primary goal of COOP planning is for government organizations to continue their essential functions in the aftermath. However, identifying and crafting a plan for these matters during the course of day-to-day operations can be difficult. As a result, securing the assistance of experts that can provide table top exercises and other easy-to-digest presentations for employees can be beneficial.

During a table top exercise, organizations have the opportunity to test employee knowledge of the entity’s continuity plans and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the proposals in a group setting. Working with an expert from KETCHConsulting, employees can create a potential scenario, discuss likely operations and review policies in a way that can encourages the overall development of the organization’s continuity plans.

Preparedness in the event of a disaster
In certain municipalities, more specific consultation will be required. For example, some areas are prone to floods, tornadoes or even pandemics. Rural areas, for instance, may be more susceptible to a tornado, while major cities with international airports can be at an increased risk for widespread disease.

As such, certain government organizations may benefit from establishing and periodically reviewing their COOP. By working with an expert, these entities can then identify how they would monitor progress of the disease, set up procedures for monitoring staff and even train employees to conduct certain functions, such as creating awareness posters, using special emergency supplies or establishing a chain of command so that all these processes run according to plan.

How KETCHConsulting can benefit government organizations and businesses
With a wide array of industry expertise, the professionals at KETCHConsulting can help any organization achieve continuity in the face of a disaster. While government entities need to help their communities on the way toward a complete disaster recovery, COOP planning can only go so far. This is one of the reasons why it’s important for businesses to take matters into their own hands.

By securing consultation, business owners could gain the assistance of KETCHConsulting’s team of experts, which are well versed in negotiating contracts for hot sites, developing initiatives for small business recovery, and overall, helping ensure that businesses have what they need for business continuity in the aftermath of any large scale disaster or unplanned event.