Continuity of Operations Plan ( COOP )
Continuity of operations planning is the initiative that ensures that Clark College is able to continue operation of its essential functions under a broad range of circumstances including all-hazard emergencies as well as natural, man-made, and technological threats. Normal day to day operations can be affected at any given time, without warning, and may affect only a small portion of the campus, or could affect the entire College.
An organization’s continuity capability, its ability to perform its essential functions continuously, rests upon the Four Phases of Continuity:
- Phase I: Readiness and Preparedness - includes all organization continuity readiness and preparedness activities including development, review, and revision of plans; and risk management.
- Phase II: Activation and Relocation - includes the activation of organizational continuity plans and all associated procedures necessary to support the continued performance of essential functions.
- Phase III: Continuity Operations - includes activities to continue essential functions, including communicating with supporting and supported organizations, customers, and stakeholders.
- Phase IV: Reconstitution Operations - is implemented when the emergency, or threat of emergency, is over, and organizations initiate operations for resuming normal business operations. Organizations can plan for reconstitution prior to activation of their continuity plan and concurrently with continuity operations.
Each Clark College department is required to have an updated continuity plan in place to minimize the affects of an incident and to ensure the rapid continuation of day to day operations.