Research Report 11-02
Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government for State-Level Transportation Organizations (PDF 7.9MB)
Principal Investigator: Frances Edwards, Ph.D.
The Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20 (HSPD-20) requires all local, state, tribal and territorial government agencies, and private sector owners of critical infrastructure and key resources (CI/KR) to create a Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government Plan (COOP/COG). There is planning and training guidance for generic transportation agency COOP/COG work, and the Transportation Research Board has offered guidance for transportation organizations. However, the special concerns of the state-level transportation agency’s (State DOT’s) plan development are not included, notably the responsibilities for the entire State Highway System and the responsibility to support specific essential functions related to the State DOT Director’s role in the Governor’s cabinet. There is also no guidance on where the COOP/COG planning and organizing fits into the National Incident Management System (NIMS) at the local or state-level department or agency. This report covers the research conducted to determine how to integrate COOP/COG into the overall NIMS approach to emergency management, including a connection between the emergency operations center (EOC) and the COOP/COG activity. The first section is a presentation of the research and its findings and analysis. The second section provides training for the EOC staff of a state-level transportation agency, using a hybrid model of FEMA’s ICS and ESF approaches, including a complete set of EOC position checklists, and other training support material. The third section provides training for the COOP/COG Branch staff of a state-level transportation agency, including a set of personnel position descriptions for the COOP/COG Branch members.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
FRANCES L. EDWARDS, M.U.P., PH.D., CEM
Frances Edwards is the director of the Master of Public Administration program and a professor of political science at San José State University. She is Deputy Director of the DHS NTSCOE of the Mineta Transportation Institute at SJSU where she is also a Research Associate and teaches emergency management in the Master of Science in Transportation Management program. Her current research is focused on the continuity of operations process and its relationship to emergency management in transportation organizations. She is also researching issues related to climate change and transportation, and transportation security issues. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board’s ABE40 Committee, focused on critical infrastructure security.
DANIEL C. GOODRICH, M.P.A., CEM
Dan Goodrich is a Research Associate with the Mineta Transportation Institute, and an instructor in the Master of Science in Transportation Management program where he teaches Security for Transportation Managers. His current research is focused on the continuity of operations process and its relationship to emergency management in transportation organizations, and on transportation security issues, especially related to critical infrastructure protection.
Frances L. Edwards, M.U.P., Ph.D., C.E.M., Daniel C. Goodrich, M.P.A., C.E.M.
Published: September 2011
Keywords: Disasters and emergency operations; Disaster preparedness; Emergency training; Hazards and emergency operations, Continuity of government, Continuity of operations, COOP, COG, Seminar, Emergency operation center