Preparing the States: Implementing Continuity of Operations Planning

Program Overview

Developing a Continuity of Operations (COOP) plan is a monumental task, even for emergency managers, planners, and other emergency personnel. Multiple offices, pages of key responsibilities, thousands of employees – and that's only a fraction of what to consider when you have to prepare for absolutely everything.

Now it's time for your agency to get up to speed on COOP. You're looking for guidance, or you don't know where to begin.

We're here to help.

CHHS offers "Preparing the States: Implementing Continuity of Operations Planning," a DHS/FEMA certified course. Our experienced instructors train state, local and tribal government emergency planners and other government, institutional, or organizational personnel in COOP planning from outset to implementation. Our two-day course (MGT 331) is designed to equip all participants with the tools necessary to develop and maintain successful COOP plans. And the best part: we come to you.

The course goals are derived from the Nationwide Plan Review, the National Preparedness Goal, and the Target Capabilities List.

CHHS COOP Course Timeline

CHHS was a pioneer in tailoring Federal guidance regarding continuity planning for state and local government use. In 2005, following a large undertaking with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to help all cabinet level agencies develop, implement, and test COOP plans, CHHS applied for and was awarded a $1.5 million grant from DHS’ Training and Exercise Division to develop and offer “Preparing the States.” After four pilot courses, CHHS delivered our first federally funded training in Portland, Oregon in May of 2007.

Over the life of the DHS funding to offer “Preparing the States” free of charge to agencies across the U.S., CHHS received an additional $1.5 million in continuation funding, completed two re-writes of the materials and tailored our delivery for more than 100 jurisdictions and thousands of individual participants.

While the FEMA-certified course is no longer federally funded as of December 31, 2013, CHHS continues to bring our years of COOP knowledge and expertise to interested clients for a low cost. Participants will also still receive certificates of completion for FEMA course MGT 331.


If you are interested in scheduling a delivery of “Preparing the States: Implementing Continuity of Operations Planning” in your jurisdiction please contact CHHS.

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