TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 525: Surface Transportation Security and TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 86: Public Transportation Security series publications have jointly published Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning Guidelines for Transportation Agencies. The report is Volume 8 in each series. The report is designed to assist transportation agencies in evaluating and modifying existing operations plans, policies, and procedures, as called for in the National Incident Management System.
The planning guidelines in this report are supplemented online with downloadable worksheets, a template for a completed COOP plan, a series of brochures that can be used to explain the COOP planning process to staff, a draft PowerPoint presentation that may be customized and presented to transportation executive leadership, and more than 300 resource documents organized in an electronic COOP library. The supplement material can be downloaded in either a .ISO CD-ROM based format or a .ZIP format.
Links to instructions on burning an .ISO CD-ROM and to the download site for the TCRP/NCHRP COOP CD-ROM are below.
Table of Contents
|What Is a COOP Plan?||2-2|
|How to Use These Guidelines||3-4|
|Planning Requirements for Viable COOP Capability||6-6|
|Developing the COOP Plan||9-11|
|Events Requiring Activation of the COOP Plan||12-12|
|Step 1: Identify Areas of Responsibility||15-15|
|Step 2: Compile Organizational Functions||16-17|
|Step 3: Determine Criteria for Selecting Essential Functions||18-18|
|Step 4: Identify Essential Functions||19-20|
|Step 5: Identify Supporting Processes and Systems for Each Essential Function||21-21|
|Step 7: Prioritize Essential Functions||22-23|
|Activating the COOP Plan||24-24|
|Hours of Operation||25-25|
|COOP Activation Teams||29-30|
|Delegation of Emergency Authority||31-31|
|Vital Records and Databases||32-32|
|COOP Personnel Preparedness and Drive-Away Kits||35-36|
|Updating the Plan||37-38|
|Abbreviations used without definitions in TRB publications||75-75|