Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP)


Continuity of Operations planning is a federal initiative to encourage people and departments to plan to address how critical operations will continue under a broad range of circumstances. COOP is important as a good business practice and because the planning fosters recovery and survival in and after emergency situations.

A COOP plan addresses emergencies from an all-hazards approach. A continuity of operations plan establishes policy and guidance ensuring that critical functions continue and that personnel and resources are relocated to an alternate facility in case of emergencies. The plan should develop procedures for:

  • alerting, notifying, activating and deploying employees
  • identify critical business functions
  • establish an alternate facility
  • roster personnel with authority and knowledge of functions

Create a continuity of operations plan for your department

Creating a continuity of operations plan is a guided process and a team effort which will draw on your understanding of department operations with Emergency Management’s expertise in preparing for contingencies. The University has implemented a new software product, Kuali Ready,  that automates the COOP process. Please contact Emergency Management and we will provide training and materials to help you plan.

Guides and templates are available on this site and the Research Support site to facilitate the planning process. However, since this is a guided process, these guides and documents are only part of the planning process.


For questions or assistance, contact Emergency Management at