Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP/COG)

BOLDplanning Tests Continuity Plans for Oregon Metro Regional Government

This week BOLDplanning traveled to Oregon, where we conducted a tabletop exercise to validate the Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs) of Oregon Metro Regional Government. Oregon Metro handles regional public land planning and management, and a variety of other public service functions for the area surrounding the City of Portland.

The exercise was developed by BOLDplanning Master Exercise Practitioner, Cathleen Atchison, and facilitated by BOLDplanning Global Solutions team members, Matt Eyer and Brittney Whatley.

Thank you, Oregon Metro, for your continued partnership and ongoing efforts to keep your COOP current and actionable. We look forward to working with you further as Oregon Metro Regional Government strengthens its culture of preparedness!

National Hurricane Preparedness Week: A Reminder to All to Plan for Mother Nature’s Fury

It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week. And even though it will draw to a close on May 12th, FEMA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are encouraging everyone—individuals, families, businesses and communities—to ready themselves for for the Atlantic Hurricane Season. It officially starts on June 1st and runs all the way through November.

Like FEMA and NOAA, BOLDplanning knows that hurricanes don’t just affect coastal areas. Torrential rain, high winds and deadly tornadoes can take a devastating toll as storms move inland. Who can forget Hurricane Harvey? This record-setting storm dumped copious amounts of rain (anywhere from 40 to 61 inches) in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. It also triggered widespread flash flooding in parts of Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

As a proven leader in emergency, continuity and mitigation planning who’s headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, BOLDplanning knows a thing or two about extreme weather and the need for preparation. This month marks the eight-year anniversary of the historic Nashville flood, during which over 13 ½ inches of rain fell in just 36 hours, and devastated our city.

With the images from this unprecedented weather event forever etched in our minds, the BOLDplanning team looks for every opportunity to encourage severe weather preparedness. Hurricane Preparedness Week is one of those times.

So, whether your organization is located along the Atlantic coast or 500 miles away, use this time to plan ahead for all that Mother Nature can, and inevitably will, dish out. And don’t stop there. Strive to create a culture of preparedness that extends the whole year through. That’s our number one goal at BOLDplanning, and we want to make it a reality for your public or private sector organization.

Visit us online or call 615.469.5558 to schedule a no-obligation discussion about your organization’s emergency and continuity planning needs. Or, if you are attending the 32nd Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, next week, stop by and see us in Booth #330.

Also visit ready.gov for severe weather preparedness tips, and download FEMA’s 2018 Hurricane Seasonal Preparedness Digital Toolkit. If the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season is anything like last year, you’ll be glad you did.

BOLDplanning Continues Its Work in Oregon

Special thanks to the Legislature of the State of Oregon for welcoming BOLDplanning to Salem for further training and plan development in support of their Continuity of Operations Planning initiative. BOLDplanning Global Solutions team members Brittney Whatley and Matt Eyer spent worked in the Capitol for a day and we are thankful for the opportunity to serve the people of Oregon.

City of Phoenix Once Again Welcomes BOLDplanning

Maricopa County, AZ and the City of Phoenix, AZ again made strides in developing a more prepared government. BOLDplanning Global Solutions staff members Matt Eyer and Brittney Whatley held plan development workshops for the Continuity of Operations Plans for City of Phoenix. Thank you for trusting BOLDplanning with this important initiative!

BOLDplanning Conducts Workshops, Leaves Pennsylvania Senate More Resilient and Better Prepared

Ensuring the continuity of a legislative body is not something BOLDplanning takes lightly. Neither does the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Secretary of the Senate, Megan Martin. She, along with several others, recently made the decision to make the Senate body a more resilient and prepared organization. And BOLDplanning, of course, was (and is) there to help every step of the way.

Just this week, BOLDplanning Operations Manager, Will Minkoff, and Customer Success Program team member, Karla O’Grady, held two plan development workshops to ensure the group’s understanding of the continuity plan and its execution.

At BOLDplanning, we take our role in such projects to heart, and do everything within our power to ensure our clients’ success. We are thrilled to support the emergency/continuity planning efforts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and look forward to helping others at all levels of government and across the nation to achieve their continuity planning goals as well.

 

BOLDplanning Takes Next Big Step to Finalize COOP Project in Georgia

The BOLDplanning team is happy to announce that we’re now putting the finishing touches on a project that will support the resiliency of one of the most populous and traveled-to cities in America—Atlanta, Georgia. Not so long ago, the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA) contracted with BOLDplanning to develop a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for its critical county departments. And just last week, BOLDplanning CEO, Fulton J. Wold, personally concluded plan finalization workshops to move the project toward completion.

BOLDplanning, as always, is thrilled to be involved in such important public (and private) sector planning initiatives. The company currently works with several clients throughout the Atlanta Metro area (five out of seven metro counties), and across the entire U.S. On behalf of BOLDplanning, thank you, AFCEMA, for the opportunity to help you take the next step toward building a better, stronger emergency planning strategy.

We look forward to assisting in the months and years ahead!

BOLDplanning Continues Its Work With Florida Healthcare Organizations

BOLDplanning team members Carlin Alford and James Woulfe recently conducted two days of Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) development workshops for member healthcare organizations of the Central Florida Disaster Medical Coalition (CFDMC).

Each participating member is preparing to meet the new emergency preparedness standards for healthcare organizations which includes Continuity as well as Emergency plans. BOLDplanning is honored to be working on the front lines of a changing industry with dedicated and innovative healthcare professionals.

New FEMA Guidance for Continuity and Resilience Now Available

Following a nationwide, whole community effort to review and revise guidance for public and private sector continuity, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released its new Continuity Guidance Circular (CGC) just this week.

Organizations and governments at all levels, as well as the BOLDplanning team, can now draw upon the CGC as a key reference when creating continuity plans, programs, and processes. Even those with an existing continuity program and plan should find the circular’s contents beneficial in the refinement of their resilience capabilities. How so?

Per FEMA, continuity is an important element of preparedness and an integral part of each core capability across the five mission areas of protection, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery within the National Preparedness System. The new CGC guides efforts to develop and maintain the capability to ensure continuity of operations (COOP), continuity of government (COG), and enduring constitutional government during an emergency that disrupts normal operations. To clarify:

  • Continuity of Operations (COOP) ensures an individual organization can continue to perform its essential functions, provide essential services, and deliver core capabilities during a disruption to normal operations.
  • Continuity of Government (COG) is a coordinated effort within each of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches to ensure that essential functions continue to be performed before, during, and after an emergency or threat.

BOLDplanning, like FEMA, believes that COOP/COG plan development and maintenance of continuity capabilities helps build and sustain a more resilient nation—one that is equipped to sustain essential functions and core capabilities and deliver critical services under all conditions. As such, the company currently provides online planning services and subject matter expertise to more than 9,300 public and private sector clients across the nation.

Want to learn more about BOLDplanning or how FEMA’s new Continuity Guidance Circular (it’s a great, free resource) can improve your organization’s overall preparedness? Just call 615.469.5558 or email info@BOLDplanning.com today.

BOLDplanning Continues Its Commitment to Alaska

Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK staff, led by Emergency Management representatives Casey Cook and Allen Markle, along with staff from the cities of Wasilla, Palmer, and Houston, worked with BOLDplanning Chief Executive Officer Fulton J. Wold, CBCP and BOLDplanning Global Solutions team member James Woulfe, CBCP, to modernize their aging paper-based Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs) into our cloud-based COOP platform.

The workshops were broken up into two sessions. The first session focused on gathering and organizing key borough and interior city information such as contacts, vendors, facilities, vital records and hazards/risks assessments; and the second session focused on harnessing that data into creating actionable and dynamic plans.

Prince George’s County, MD and BOLDplanning Partner Together to Develop COOP/COG

Prince George’s County, MD recognizes the importance of continuity planning. The county chose BOLDplanning to help it become a more prepared community. BOLDplanning Global Solutions team member Cassandra Wolff led a two-day plan development workshop for Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) using our industry leading online platform.

Pictured are leaders from Prince George’s County and BOLDplanning staff.