Continuity of Operations Plans for Transportation Agencies

The Department of Homeland Security, through FEMA's Federal Preparedness Circular 65 (FRP-65), provides guidance to Federal Executive Branch departments and agencies for developing contingency plans for continuity of operations (COOP). COOP planning facilitates the performance of department/agency essential functions during any emergency or situation that may disrupt normal operations. The FRP-65 guidance, however, is federal in nature and not necessarily appropriate for state and local agencies. Many state DOTs and public transportation agencies have emergency response plans that address immediate operational situations; those plans typically do not include contingencies for carrying out emergency response plans from alternate facilities or over an extended period. COOP plans describe how an organization will prepare for, respond during, and recover from a disruption in internal operations whether caused by severe weather, other natural or man-made disasters, or malevolent attack. COOP plan implementation, which may include relocation or reassignment of essential functions, can be triggered through (1) denial of use of facilities, (2) loss of power, (3) loss of telecommunications, (4) suddenly unavailable personnel, or (5) inaccessible information technology systems. There is a need for guidelines and templates for use by state DOTs and public transportation agencies as they develop and maintain up-to-date COOP plans to ensure the ability to implement agency emergency response plans through alternate facilities or over an extended period. The objective of this project is to develop guidelines for state and local transportation agencies to develop, implement, maintain, train, and exercise COOP capabilities. The guidelines are expected to be applied by designated agency continuity planners using templates to customize COOP plans for their local conditions.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $100000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-10F

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:

    McCormick, Taylor & Associates, Incorporated

    Two Commerce Square
    2001 Market Street
    Philadlphia, PA  United States  19103
  • Principal Investigators:

    Boyd, Annabelle

  • Start Date: 20040721
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20050531
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11718

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01460585
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transit Cooperative Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-10F
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:28PM