December 2009 – Columbia County, Oregon has selected Bold Planning Solutions and their web-based planning system, EMplans.com for their county-wide Continuity of Operations Planning Project. The goal of this multi-year project is to provide onsite COOP training seminars and plan development services to Columbia County and each of its local government agencies to ensure Continuity of Government.
Using the EMplans.com system as a base, Bold Planning Solutions created a customized Columbia County planning system designed to match the county’s specific COOP planning needs and requirements. The customized version was deployed online at www.ColumbiaCOOP.com and now allows all local government agencies within Columbia County to create their own individual COOP plans online in an easy-to-use, standardized planning environment.
The major benefits of using a web-based COOP planning system are:
COOP planning information can be accessed and updated online at any time to ensure up to the minute accuracy, as well as for use during times of COOP activation
Built in “Helper Tips” within the system literally walk planners through each phase of the planning process and provide a guided pathway to ensure total plan development
System provides a structured plan development model, thereby allowing plans to be created individually and unique in nature, while still adhering to the county’s pre-defined planning style in structure, terminology and overall layout
Project managers have access to a wide variety of tools within the system to enhance the overall plan development process; including grading tools for reviewing plans online, roll-up reports for analyzing data, and built-in notification capabilities
To date, the project has included an initial round of kick-off trainings in Columbia County to introduce planners to the system and educate them on the purpose of continuity planning. The next steps in the project will include another round of on-site trainings and plan review services.
The Columbia County COOP project is scheduled to continue through 2010/2011 with Bold Planning Solutions providing onsite training seminars, COOP planning guidance, and tabletop exercise services. Columbia County is one of several county-wide COOP projects being managed by Bold Planning Solutions. Other county level COOP projects include Coconino County, Arizona, Multnomah County, Oregon, Merced County, California, Loudoun County, Virginia, and Horry County, South Carolina.
For more information about this project or to request an online demonstration of the EMplans.com system, please contact us at (615) 469-5558 /info@BoldPlanning.com.