Maryland State Agency COOP Plans Updated
CHHS continues to support the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) in its effort to ensure all Maryland essential government functions can be continued after a disabling emergency. In 2009, in light of the H1N1 flu pandemic, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley proposed a thorough review and update of all Maryland state agencies’ Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans. CHHS worked with MEMA and the Office of the Governor to ensure each state agency was prepared for any threat causing prolonged disruption to essential governmental functions. CHHS did so by developing general Maryland agency COOP plans and a specific Pandemic Influenza COOP annex. Four years later, Maryland, again with the assistance of CHHS, has engaged in another round of updates to the state’s COOP plans.
Kicking off this latest effort, CHHS provided a COOP training session for state agencies, which was attended by numerous officials, and created a new COOP template for all Maryland agencies to use as they developed individualized plans for their respective areas of responsibility. Throughout 2014, CHHS also held four webinars for Maryland agency officials regarding COOP planning topics. CHHS also answered questions and provided expertise in support of plan development.
Starting in the spring of 2014, CHHS formed and led a review committee to evaluate the initial drafts of the state agencies’ COOP Plans and Pandemic Influenza COOP annexes. After providing comments and feedback, CHHS assisted officials in finalizing revisions this fall.
This text is taken from the CHHS Fall 2014 Newsletter