What is COOP?
The Maryland COOP Program, in conjunction with University of Maryland, Center for Health and Homeland Security was awarded a $1.4 million training grant from the Department of Homeland Security. This grant, which will train state and local governments on how to build a COOP program and plans, recognizes and establishes the Maryland program as the national model on COOP planning.
COOP is a planning effort to ensure the continued performance of critical business and government functions during a wide range of potential emergencies. Whether the hazard is the result of a natural event, or something man-made, an all-hazards approach assures that regardless of the emergency, critical functions will continue to operate.
Continuity of operations is achieved through the development of plans, procedures, and provisions for alternate facilities, personnel, resources, interoperable communications, and vital records, systems, and databases.
MEMA will be acting as the coordinator, assisting State agencies and departments, as well as local governments, to determine the critical functions and services which must be maintained in the event of an emergency situation. Many of these critical functions and services support vital public health and safety concerns which, while important every day, generally intensify during emergencies.