Now, at a time when there are travel and workplace restrictions and social distancing measures in place, it’s clearly business as “unusual” for everyone—state, local, tribal, and territorial governments included. Still, they must continue their work of serving the public in every possible way. For Ramsey County, Minnesota (like so many others across the country), that means remaining focused on and actually improving emergency preparedness. 

Just last week, on April 8-9, 2020, Ramsey County and Tennessee-based BOLDplanning safely came together online to participate in four collaborative, interactive Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning workshops. Using its technology resources, including Zoom for videoconferencing, the workshops were well attended and produced the same level of participation as the company’s standard, on-premise workshops. The workshops covered general COOP plan development as well as advanced practitioner topics, such as user management, gap analysis, and developing organizational support. 

Additionally, on the morning of Thursday, April 9, 2020, BOLDplanning representatives, Will Minkoff, CBCP, and Karla O’Grady, PCP, held the first master admin forum for all its customers in Minnesota. Joining in were folks from Ramsey, Washington, and Anoka counties, and the City of Rochester. As expected, the group discussed best practices for emergency preparedness and shared ideas for making stronger planning initiatives going forward. (Better days are just ahead!) 

Special thanks to Judd Freed and Kimberly Wilker from Ramsey County Homeland Security and Emergency Management for hosting the online workshops. 

If your organization is like Ramsey County, Minnesota, and wants to move forward with its COOP, Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), and/or Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) during this critical time, consider taking advantage of BOLDplannning’s Remote Online Workshop Service. Email or call 615.469.5558 to learn more now.