CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS PLAN (COOP) - SECTION 24
The Binghamton University continuity Planning Tool is a web based software tool designed to allow each campus office/department/division to develop a Continuity of Operation Plan (COOP). The tool is designed as an effort within individual departments and agencies to ensure continuity of their essential functions across a wide range of emergencies and events.
- Today's changing threat environment and recent emergencies have increased the need for COOP capabilities and plans.
- COOP planning is part of the fundamental mission of all SUNY campuses.
- COOP is a statewide initiative to ensure that all state agencies can continue to perform their essential functions under a broad range of circumstances.
- COOP is also "good business."
- Be capable of implementing its COOP plans with and without warning.
- Be operational not later than 12 hours after activation.
- Be capable of maintaining sustained operations for up to 30 days.
- Include regularly scheduled testing, training, and exercising of personnel, equipment, systems, processes, and procedures used to support the agency during a COOP event.
- Provide for a regular risk analysis of current alternate operating facilities.
- Locate alternate facilities in areas where the ability to initiate, maintain, and terminate COOP is optimal.
- Take advantage of existing agency field infrastructures and give consideration to other options, such as telecommuting, work-at-home, and shared facilities.
- Consider the distance of the alternate facility from the primary facility.
- Include development, maintenance, and review of COOP capabilities using a Multi-Year Strategy and Program Management Plan (MYSPMP).
Benefits of COOP:
- Anticipate events and necessary response actions.
- Adapt to sudden changes in the operational environment.
- Improve their performance through the identification of essential functions, work processes, and communications methods.
- Improve management controls by establishing measures for performance.
- Improve communication to support essential functions throughout the agency.
Division / Department Responsibilities
Each division/department at Binghamton University shall be responsible for the development of its individual COOP. Once completed, each COOP will be coordinated with the university's overall plan and will result in a single COOP with multiple division/department annexes.
Berkeley Continuity Planning Tool
To assist in the development of each division's/department's COOP, Binghamton University utilizes the "Berkeley Continuity Planning Tool". This software tool provides guidance and direction on the development of each individual plan, and provides a framework for the university's overall plan.
The plan can be accessed at the following address: http://berkley.bgm.bu.int:8080/
Assistance with the planning tool is available from the university's Emergency Manager (777-2275).