Like other municipalities across the country, the City of Powder Springs, Georgia, knows that having a current and actionable continuity of operations (COOP) plan is an absolute necessity, especially given current events such as natural disasters, workplace violence, and cybercrime. That’s why its city leaders/departments implemented the platform in 2019 and continue to conduct comprehensive COOP-related exercises today.

Most recently, the City of Powder Springs, in partnership with BOLDplanning (a division of Agility), performed a scenario-based tabletop exercise. Numerous departments, including law enforcement, finance, human resources, parks and recreation, economic development, public works, and information technology, took part, as did BOLDplanning representatives Kayla McMahan, CBCP, and James Woulfe, CBCP. Participants strategically worked to overcome the mock situation, a ransomware attack and shared findings/suggestions for plan improvements.

Special thanks to Pam Connor, Powder Springs City Manager, for all her hard work and dedication to ensuring the city’s continued preparedness and resilience.

The City of Powder Springs is located in southwest Cobb County, Georgia, approximately 24 miles west of Atlanta and 23 miles from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (the world’s busiest airport). As of the 2020 Decennial Census, the city had a population of 16,887.