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Guide to transport sector business continuity planning published

The Mineta Transportation Institute has published a handbook to help transportation agencies create continuity of operation and continuity of government (COOP/COG) plans while complying with the federally mandated National Incident Management System (NIMS).

‘Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government for State-Level Transportation Organizations’ was written for the public sector, but it also can be used by the private sector the developing sector-specific business continuity plans.

Created by Frances Edwards, Ph.D., and Daniel Goodrich, the handbook is available for free download from www.transweb.sjsu.edu/project/2976.html

ABSTRACT (verbatim)

The Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20 (HSPD-20) requires all local, state, tribal and territorial government agencies, and private sector owners of critical infrastructure and key resources (CI/KR) to create a Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government Plan (COOP/COG). There is planning and training guidance for generic transportation agency COOP/COG work, and the Transportation Research Board has offered guidance for transportation organizations. However, the special concerns of the state-level transportation agency’s (State DOT’s) plan development are not included, notably the responsibilities for the entire State Highway System and the responsibility to support specific essential functions related to the State DOT Director’s role in the Governor’s cabinet. There is also no guidance on where the COOP/COG planning and organizing fits into the National Incident Management System (NIMS) at the local or state-level department or agency. This report covers the research conducted to determine how to integrate COOP/COG into the overall NIMS approach to emergency management, including a connection between the emergency operations center (EOC) and the COOP/COG activity. The first section is a presentation of the research and its findings and analysis. The second section provides training for the EOC staff of a state-level transportation agency, using a hybrid model of FEMA’s ICS and ESF approaches, including a complete set of EOC position checklists, and other training support material. The third section provides training for the COOP/COG Branch staff of a state-level transportation agency, including a set of personnel position descriptions for the COOP/COG Branch members.

•Date: 28th October 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Transport and logistics BC

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