SP2-2 Continuity of Operations: Ensuring Critical and Mission Essential Functions

Nov 19, 2014

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Randy Meshell

Federal Preparedness Coordinator/Division Director

National Preparedness Division, FEMA Region 6

In a post 9/11 world, Federal, State, territorial, tribal, and local government jurisdictions and private sector organizations are becoming increasingly aware of the potential effects of both human caused and natural disaster events on humans, critical infrastructure, and key resources (CI/KR). The National Security Presidential Directive (NSPD)-51/Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-20, National Continuity Policy requires all local, state, tribal and territorial government agencies, and private sector owners of CI/KR to create a Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government Plan (COOP/COG).

Critical and mission essential functions (MEFs) are defined as those required activities to provide vital services, maintain the safety and wellbeing of stakeholders, and sustain the economic base during a disruption or an emergency. In this session, we will discuss how to develop continuity of operations plans that ensure MEFs during emergency and disaster events.

Session Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide a comprehensive overview of Continuity of Operations, and the planning requirements to implement, test, train, and exercise.
  2. Increase awareness about U.S. policy and guidance to maintain a comprehensive and effective continuity capability, integrated across Federal, State, territorial, tribal, and local governments and the private sector to ensure the preservation of our form of government under the Constitution and continuing the National Essential Functions under all conditions.
  3. Educate Federal, State, territorial, tribal, and local government jurisdictions and private sector organizations about the importance of continuity of operations and having a COOP plan.