University of Maryland, Baltimore

Downtown Graduate Campus Augments Emergency Preparedness with CHHS COOP Plan


UMB tapped CHHS in 2007 to create Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans that would cover each of the campus’ six professional schools – Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dental, Social Work and Law – as well as the campus offices and departments that support them.

These COOP plans would ensure the continuity of the UMB’s essential functions across a wide range of emergencies and events and they will help the campus function after a disaster by providing consistency of services to the educational community and the public it serves. The COOP plans would also serve as a tool in the maintenance of vital institutional records, infrastructure and equipment.

The plans had to work in conjunction with existing emergency operating procedures and will aid in bridging the gap between the immediate emergency response to an event and the point at which the university can resume normal activities.


CHHS tailored the UMB COOP plans specifically to the university’s needs as determined by an extensive planning and interviewing process in which CHHS staff met with professionals at each of the schools and campus offices. The plans cover key elements, such as planning assumptions and considerations, essential functions and personnel, orders of succession, vital records, systems and equipment, alternate facilities, communications, tests, training, and exercises.

The year-long planning effort came to a close in September 2008 when CHHS Director Michael Greenberger along with CHHS Staff Attorneys Megan H. Timmins and Arianne Spaccarelli presented copies of the final plans to UMB President David J. Ramsay, DM, DPhil. CHHS also distributed final copies of the plans to each of the schools, campus offices, and UMB’s Emergency Management Team. To date, the plans are the most complete of their kind in the state of Maryland.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is Maryland’s public academic health and law university devoted to professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. Located in downtown Baltimore, UMB has an enrollment of more than 6,000 students and employs more than 7,000 people.

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