BUSINESS CONTINUITY

Through the Office of Business Continuity, the Office of Collective Bargaining provides support and solutions and offers guidance to State agencies on the development of viable, comprehensive Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans and Business Continuity programs. This is accomplished by management of a singular, business continuity web-based planning tool (RPX), available to all State agencies, boards, and commissions across the enterprise. In addition, the office provides for an electronic State employee emergency notification system (eNotify) and is DAS’s liaison with the State Emergency Operations Center.


Business Continuity Team

 

Melinda Craig

State Business Continuity Manager

614.728.2884

Melinda.Craig@das.ohio.gov

What is “Business Continuity”?

Business Continuity is an enterprise approach to emergency response planning that ensures all State agencies, departments, boards, and commissions have viable continuity of operations capabilities in place, establishing a comprehensive continuity of government function for the State of Ohio. This combined planning effort is referred to as business continuity; whereas, individualized agency planning is referred to as COOP.


About Continuity of Operations

Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning is an effort within individual state agencies to ensure that the agency’s mission essential functions continue to be performed during a wide range of emergencies, including localized acts of nature, accidents and technological or attack-related emergencies. These plans may look different depending upon the constituents that the respective state agency serves. For more information on planning for specific communities, please see the “additional resources” tabs at the bottom of this page.

The following information is provided as general guidance for planning teams to use in developing comprehensive COOP plans for their respective agencies or organizations. These tools were developed by a State of Ohio multi-agency steering committee through the analysis of existing state and federal planning guidance and best practices from other states across the nation. The templates and tools below may get you started, but supplemental planning may look different depending on the focus of your organization (State/public sector, business/private sector, or communities/citizens). Resources for audience-specific planning may be found on the adjacent tabs.


Templates and Tools:

(PDF versions only. Please contact the Office of Business Continuity for Word or Excel versions.)

Ohio’s State agencies are responsible for an array of essential functions upon which our citizens rely. These essential functions must be resumed quickly, so that the impacts of any service disruption are minimal. Service resumption by State agencies largely depends upon the existence of comprehensive, updated continuity of operations (COOP) plans that detail how the agency will operate and recover after a disruption. The following additional resources are offered to agencies which have already completed basic COOP plans, to further supplement and enhance their emergency response capabilities.


Templates and Tools:

(PDF versions only. Please contact the Office of Business Continuity for Word versions of the following documents.)


Additional Resources:

Ready.gov

Employee Assistance and Support

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Support Agencies to the Ohio Emergency Operations Center

Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for State Governments

Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for Local Governments


Additional Training:

FEMA Independent Study

Full list of continuity-specific courses

Ohio Department of Public Safety     

The private sector is a vital part of the emergency management team. Ohio’s network of business, industry, academia, trade associations, and other non-governmental organizations are equal partners in every phase of business continuity from preparedness to response and recovery to mitigation. The following resources are offered for private sector organizations to enhance existing business continuity plans.


Additional Resources:

FEMA

Ready.gov

Employee Assistance and Support

Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication (CERC)

Ohio County Emergency Management Agencies


Additional Languages:

Family Emergency Plan (Arabic Language)

Family Emergency Plan (Spanish)


Additional Training:

FEMA Independent Study

Full list of continuity-specific courses

Ohio Department of Public Safety    

Becoming more prepared for emergencies is easier than you might think. Whether it’s your home, neighborhood, place of business, or school, you can take a few simple steps to prepare before disasters occur. The following resources may give you the basics for getting started.


Additional Resources:

Ready Kids

Weather Safety

Ohio Ready Schools

American Red Cross

Children and Disasters

Ready Pets and Animals

FEMA: Volunteer & Donate

Community Preparedness Toolkit

Ohio County Emergency Management Agencies

Ohio Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters


Additional Languages:

Family Emergency Plan (Arabic Language)

Family Emergency Plan (Spanish)


Additional Training:

Ohio Community Emergency Response Teams

FEMA Independent Study: Protecting Your Home or Small Business

FEMA Independent Study for Schools