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Continuity of Operations (COOP)

  Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans are vital to the operation of state government; ensuring State Agencies and Department's primary essential functions continue to be performed during a wide range of emergencies, including localized acts of nature, accidents and technological or attack-related emergencies.  Failure to have an updated COOP plans could jeopardize future federal funding in some instances.

State Administrative Policy #0024 requires agencies and departments have an up-to-date COOP plan on file with BGS Safety & Security.  COOP plans are living documents that are constantly being updated and revised. This is an intensive process that requires understanding and knowledge of Continuity. 


BGS Safety & Security is able to provide the following trainings and workshops:

  • Continuity Awareness Training - all agency/department staff

  • Continuity Basics for Leadership and COOP Teams- Agency/Department Leadership and COOP Coordinators and Teams

  • Continuity Plan Development - workshops to help you in your plan design and management. For Senior leadership and COOP planners.

  • Continuity Plan Management - workshop to share best practices and lessons learned to ensure a viable, executable COOP plan.


Please use this form to request a training for your agency or department.


All COOP plans should be signed by your Secretary/Commissioner by Oct 1st annually and a copy of the signed cover page sent to BGS Safety & Security - 133 State Street, Suite 505, Montpelier, VT 05633-2101.

For COOP related matters/questions, please contact William McSalis 802-505-0205. 

In an emergency, call the 24/7 Security Officer 802-828-0777

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