Baltimore City COOP Class

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On November 19, 2014, CHHS conducted a half-day Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning course at the Baltimore City Public Safety Training Academy. This session was designed to serve as an introductory course for planners with limited COOP experience, and a refresher for individuals who wanted to learn about recent developments in this area. The course was sponsored by the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and enrollment was permitted for both public and private sector planners. Participants representing law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services, public health, communications infrastructure, operators of critical infrastructure, and non-governmental organizations received instruction on all components of COOP planning, including: essential functions, personnel, succession orders, alternate facilities, reconstitution, and devolution. In addition to basic instruction, all participants were given worksheets and templates that they will be able to use in developing their own continuity plans.

The class ended with a brief tabletop exercise, where students were able to apply the concepts covered in class, while working together to develop a unified effort focused on restoring and sustaining operations after a major incident. Though the participants in the class represented many different public and private sector entities located in Baltimore City and across Maryland, the group quickly established a collaborative environment and effectively worked together to address all of the issues raised by the exercise.

This text is taken from the CHHS Spring 2015 Newsletter

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