FEMA has released a new continuity guidance circular, aimed at ensuring continuity of government operations following an emergency.
The latest, revised guidance follows a nationwide effort to review and revise the advice. The guidance is available for government and organizations of all levels to draw upon when they are creating continuity plans and processes. Many jurisdictions and organizations already have an existing continuity program and plan, and will use the circular to refine capabilities and processes.
The circular stresses the importance of preparedness and resilience, and whole community engagement in a successful continuity plan. It outlines roles and responsibilities of individuals, government organizations, NGOs and private-sector entities. It also contains continuity planning checklists, case studies, details of FEMA funding and the increasingly important role of technology in emergency planning.
“There is a critical and ongoing need to ensure the effectiveness of continuity capabilities through planning, operations, tests, training, and exercises,” FEMA said. “In doing so, the whole community continues to build toward the vision of a more resilient nation through the integration of continuity plans and programs within government and non-government organizations to sustain national essential functions under all conditions.”
The circular and details of how to use it can be viewed and downloaded here.