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COOP, COG and Now ECG

A new July 2021 publication from FEMA.

In our ever-evolving emergency management world it is important to keep up with what the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is putting out.

There is a new FEMA publication: Guide to Continuity of Government. You will have to search for it, since it is only a PDF that I can’t post here.

I do like the fact that they spend time differentiating between what is meant by Continuity of Government (COG) and Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP). They also introduce what for me is a new term: Enduring Constitutional Government (ECG).

The good news is that it is not some lengthy tome that weighs pounds. It is only 15 pages long.

Since we just went through the biggest COOP event that most of us will ever experience (the COVID-19 pandemic), it is time to update your COOP and COG plans. The designation of “essential workers” will be one to revisit. It used to mean those who had to come to work. Now with the virtual office and all the tools we’ve become accustomed to, a reworking of that definition needs to be accomplished.

How do you differentiate between those people who “must physically show up” and those doing essential work from home?
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