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Building a Continuity of Operations Plan: Identifying & Prioritizing Critical Health Services (PDF)


Product Description

A Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) facilitates the performance of a health department's functions during a public health emergency or other situation which may interrupt normal services.

This tip sheet guides local health departments through the second phase of COOP planning, the process of identifying critical functions and services.

Product Detail

Author: Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center

Related Topics: Continuity of Operations Planning

Product PHEP Capabilities:

  • Capability 2: Community Recovery
  • Capability 3: Emergency Operations Coordination
  • Capability 10: Medical Surge

Goals and Objectives

  • Identify critical day-to-day services of the local health department that will need to continue to ensure uninterrupted performance during a wide spectrum of emergency events of disaster. 

Format: PDF


Primary Toolkit:

APC Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Advanced Practice Centers


Institutional Author:

Montgomery County, Maryland APC





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