After months of preparation and a series of workshops, the planning efforts of the Oregon State Treasury culminated with a Continuity of Operations (COOP) Tabletop Exercise (TTX) on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. The exercise, which complied with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) principles, revolved around an ice storm scenario. It was specifically designed to meet the following four core (communication and operational coordination capabilities in a business disruption:
- Demonstrate the ability to alert and activate personnel, facilities, and systems required to respond to an incident
- Identify and discuss communications gaps and solution alternatives during an incident
- Identify and discuss the organization’s structure, identify processes and challenges in the event key staff are unavailable
- Identify and discuss key authorities the agency has and who is potentially responsible to take over when the primary is unavailable
The COOP TTX was facilitated by Tennessee-based BOLDplanning, namely company representative, Matt Eyer, PMP, CHS-V, CBCP. Over 20 people were in attendance, including Treasurer Reed and key staff, for the two and a half hour long exercise.
Congratulations on a successful exercise, Oregon State Treasury, and thank you for working so diligently to ensure the availability of essential services to the State’s estimated 4.2 million residents!