Continuity of Operations (COOP)

COOP planning is the effort to ensure the continued performance of critical ​business and government functions during a wide range of potential emergencies. The benefits of COOP planning include the ​
ability to: anticipate events and necessary response actions, improve performance through the identification of agency essential functions that must be supported in an emergency, and improve communication to support essential functions throughout the agency.
The Maryland Department of Emergency Management is coordinating the Maryland COOP Program and assisting state and local government with COOP planning.

MDEM hosted a two-day Maryland State COOP training program from December 2-3, 2013, presented by CHHS.   

The training provided an overview of the COOP planning process and the necessary elements of a comprehensive plan. Participants received copies of a comprehensive worksheet system and template. 

Follow-up webinars focused on specific aspects of COOP planning, and agencies have the opportunity to submit COOP plans for evaluation.

If you were unable to​ attend the in-person COOP training program or the webinars, or could just use a COOP refresher, please click on the following links to view the COOP webinar recordings and PowerPoints:​

COOP Webinar 

​Essential Functions​


Vital Records

Exercise & Training​