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Continuity of Operations / Continuity of Government

It is the policy of the State of Idaho to maintain a comprehensive and effective continuity capability to ensure the preservation of our form of government under the Constitution and the continuing performance of essential state functions under any and all conditions. In support of this policy, the State executive branch has developed and implemented a continuity program which is composed of efforts within individual state agencies to ensure that their 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 efforts include plans and procedures, under all readiness levels, that delineate essential functions, specify succession to office and emergency delegations of authority, provide for safekeeping of vital records, identify a range of continuity facilities and locations, provide for interoperable communications, provide for human capital planning, provide for reconstitution and validate these plans through test, training and exercises (TT&E).

Within the State of Idaho, Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Continuity of Government (COG) is a journey, not a destination that will require a multi-year approach. While it is recognized that there are nuances with COG, it remains largely inherent in COOP since the ability of each state agency and branch of state government to maintain continuity of operations enables the whole to maintain continuity of government.

“Readiness requires that State government be able to continue meeting the needs of its people despite fear, chaos, and suffering disasters breed…Discontinuity in the State’s ability to conduct the public’s business is reflected in lost information, revenue, programs, credibility, and confidence, with increased vulnerability, chaos, and human suffering.”

-New York State Forum for Information Resource Management (NYSFIRM), White Paper: Supporting the Public’s Business: Continuity Planning &NYS Government, December 2002.

It is the intent of the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security to provide the leadership, guidance and coordination to all State agencies regarding Idaho’s Continuity of Operations program – to ensure that when a disaster, be it natural, technological or man-made, affects state employees, facilities or networks, specific procedures will be implemented to assure both the ongoing safety of employees and the optimal delivery of essential State services to the citizens of Idaho.

Director's Briefing (PDF)