Washington State Emergency Management Division

MGT-416 Introduction to Continuity of Government Planning for Rural Jurisdictions

Thursday, November 7, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Course Description

This eight-hour course is designed to help government officials and emergency responders from rural communities in the development of plans that will ensure the continuity of essential government functions across a spectrum of emergencies. History demonstrates that disasters and emergencies often interrupt, degrade, or destroy local government's ability to perform essential functions. This is especially true in rural communities where resources are typically limited under the best of circumstances. These jurisdictions must develop plans that address succession planning, redundant communications, and alternate site needs for their communities to face increasingly frequent threats. This tuition free course will expose participants to the benefits of developing continuity of government plans for rural communities with special focus on succession planning, delegation of authority, redundant communications, and alternate facilities.

Course Objectives
  • Distinguish the difference between Continuity of Government (COG) and Continuity of Operations (COOP).
  • Explain the purpose of each NIMS component: Preparedness, Communications and Information Management, Resource Management, Command and Management, and Ongoing Management and maintenance.
  • Describe the National Preparedness Goal Mission Areas.
  • Relate the preparedness objectives of EMAP and PS-Prep to emphasize the partnership between DHS and the private sector.
  • List the goals of a viable emergency succession plan for a rural community.
  • Restate the basic recommendations of a succession plan.
  • Evaluate and prepare orders of succession.
  • Describe the goals of delegations of authority.
  • List the common characteristics for delegations of authority.
  • Establish the need for an all-hazards alternate facility in a rural jurisdiction.
  • Identify alternate site requirements based on local jurisdictional needs.
  • Compare alternate site facility types, and select appropriate all-hazard options for their local jurisdictions.
  • Negotiate an all-hazard alternate site use agreement with a private sector organization or another jurisdiction.
  • State the case for a continuity communication program and
    supporting systems for a local jurisdiction.
  • Identify all necessary local communication partners to involve in the planning, implementation, and testing.
  • Recognize the key components of a viable redundant communication program.
  • Appraise the components and related considerations of a tiered, redundant, communications model.
  • Use an implementation plan to compare available technology, select appropriate systems, and adapt them to a local jurisdiction.
  • Develop a basic comprehensive response plan with special
    emphasis on employing lines of succession, activating redundant communication solutions, and moving to alternate sites for a local jurisdiction.
  • Develop a base comprehensive recovery plan with special
    emphasis on restoring normal organizational structure, re-establishing regular communications, and relocating to permanent facilities from an alternate site for a local jurisdiction.


Target Audience

This course has been developed to meet the needs of the following audiences.


  • Citizen/Community Volunteer
  • Emergency Management
  • Governmental Administrative
  • Law Enforcement
  • Other


Continuing Education
Contact: Hours - 8


Mason County Public Works/DEM

100 W. Public Works Drive
Shelton, WA 98584
Click here for directions


Course Manager:

Ross McDowell

(360) 427-7535


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