What is a COOP plan? A Continuity of Operations plan (COOP) plan is a collection of resources, actions, procedures, and information that is developed, tested, and held in readiness for use in the event of a major disruption of operations. Many different organizations have the need for and would benefit from a COOP plan. Major disasters will disrupt the operations of most businesses, and the cost of maintaining operations without some sort of plan or system for response and recovery is incalculable. Non-profit organizations, governmental bodies, private industry, even private practices and small businesses are just examples of the many organizations that have made COOP plans an intergral part of thier business model.
Identification of assets and critical functions is an important part of COOP plan development. Vulnerability assessments and informational interviews help to prioritize which functions are most important to keep the organization running.
Having a COOP plan allows for a smooth recovery after any disruption in services. Many organizations, such as medicaid providers (of any size) are required to have a COOP and emergency plan. The potential for during and post disaster cost savings is incredible. Having a plan laid out for recovery of essential business functions allows for a more organized response after a disaster or disruption, decreasing the amount of funds needed to keep operations running.
World Aware can help your organization develop a customized Continuity of Operations Plan that will serve as a guide for your organization's healthy response and recovery to disaters.