COOP & COG Planning Educational Audio Training Series


This COOP and COG educational audio training series was developed specifically for individuals in Continuity of Operations Planning and Continuity of Government and provides experience-rooted advice and expert direction for end-to-end continuity management and planning. DRI International allows 6 Continuing Education Credits (CED) for completion of this series and the complimentary workbook for individuals who purchase and review this invaluable series.



In cooperation with industry best-practices and a wealth of corporate experience, Redmond Worldwide has released the Educational Audio Training Series entitled: COOP and COG Planning. This library was developed specifically for individuals in the business of Continuity Management and provides experience-rooted advice and expert direction for end-to-end COOP and COG management and planning. This set includes:


  • 6 Segments Plus Workbook
  • 6 Continuing Ed Points from DRII


This program is spread out over 5 one hour audio sessions which cover the following topics:

  • – Ensuring the continuous performance of an agency’s essential functions/operations during an emergency
  • – Protecting essential facilities, equipment, records, and other assets
  • – Reducing or mitigating disruptions to operations
  • – Reducing loss of life, minimizing damage and losses; and achieving a timely and orderly recovery from an emergency and resumption of full service to customers
  • – Essential functions
  • – Delegations of authority
  • – Succession planning
  • – Alternate facilities
  • – Inter-operable communications
  • – Vital records and databases
  • – Human capital
  • – A test, training, and exercise program
  • – Plans for devolution and reconstitution

On May 9, 2007, the White House released Homeland Security Presidential 20, HSPD-20, which mandated that government agencies appoint a senior-level official at the assistant secretary level as their continuity of operations (COOP) coordinators who would prepare plans, budgets and exercises to test agencies’ COOP plans each year. The mandate, which requires implementation in the next 90 days, is designed to ensure that government agencies are capable of initiating COOP plans with little or no notice to remain open and ready to deal with terrorist, man-made or natural threats and disasters.


Federal Executive Branch said, “Government-wide, COOP planning is critical because much of the recovery from an incident, which might include the maintenance of civil authority, and infrastructure repair, among other recovery activities, presumes the existence of an ongoing, functional government to fund, support, and oversee actions taken. In the executive branch, COOP planning can be viewed as a continuation of basic emergency preparedness planning, and a bridge between that planning and efforts to maintain continuity of government in the event of a significant disruption to government activity or institutions. Because the number and types of potential interruptions are unknown, effective COOP planning must provide, in advance of an incident, a variety of means to assure contingent operations.”


COOP planning as an effort to assure that the capability exists to continue essential agency functions across a wide range of potential emergencies.


In the fall of 2002, the Continuity of Government Commission was launched to study and make recommendations for the continuity of our government institutions after a catastrophic attack. September 11th raised the possibility that foreign enemies might seriously disrupt the filling of vacancies in Congress, presidential succession, and achieving a quorum for the Court so much so that our basic institutions might not function in a normal constitutional manner” .Succession plans and delegations of authority are a key element of COG programs. Continuity of Government (COG) is the principle of establishing defined procedures that allow a government to continue its essential operations in case of a nuclear war or other catastrophic event. Developed during the Cold War, COG plans were implemented by many countries to avoid leaving a vacuum at any governmental level, which could lead to anarchy or to an unlawful assumption of authority.

The objectives of these sessions are for you to:


  • – Gain a fundamental understanding of COOP and be able to implement it
  • – Learn to assess your current plan
  • – Know the terms, objectives, and benefits to public sector departments and agencies
  • – Learn the elements of a viable COOP capability
  • – Learn how COOP event might affect employees and the department/agency
  • – Learn steps in the development of your agency continuity plan
  • – Learn how to manage, implement, test and refresh your plan
  • – Learn how to implement a telework plan
  • – Learn updated strategies for crisis communication, coordination, data communications, incident comment
  • – Learn to create action checklists for your agency plans

The material which will be presented in this planning series is based on COOP and COG practices, among others.


  • – Federal Government’s Continuity of Operations (COOP)
  • – Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
  • – Federal Executive Branch Continuity of Operations (COOP)
  • – Continuity of Operations (COOP) Pandemic Influenza Guidance
  • – FEMA/DHS Office of National Security Coordination Continuity of Operations (COOP)
  • – Federal Response Planning Guidance 01-94, Continuity of Operations (COOP)
  • – Congressional Continuity of Operations. (COOP)
  • – Emergency Preparedness And Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning In The Federal Judiciary
  • – CRS Report For Congress
  • – Federal Preparedness Circular (Issued By The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA) Number 65 : FPC 65
  • – Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning Guidelines For Transportation Agencies
  • – National Security And Homeland Security Presidential Directive
  • – National Security Presidential Directive/NSPD 51
  • – Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-20
  • – Presidential Succession Act of 2007
  • – Federal Emergency Management Act of 2007
  • – 5 U.S.C. 104(1), Government Corporations As Defined By 5 U.S.C. 103(1), And The United States Postal Service
  • – Department of Defense Memorandum, Implementation Guidance On National Security Policy Direction On Enduring…Continuity of Operations
  • – Fedential Succession Executive Order 12656, Assignment of Emergency Preparedness Responsibilities
  • – AESCT of 2007 Presidential Succession Act of 2007

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