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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 the DAS liaison with the State Emergency Operations Center.

About 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.

Where to Start

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). 

Templates and Tools

State Agency Resources

State of Ohio 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