Developing and Pilot Testing a Laboratory Specific Continuity of Operations Tabletop Exercise

Published in: Developing and Pilot Testing a Laboratory Specific Continuity of Operations Tabletop Exercise / Stuart S. Olmsted ... [et al.] (Silver Springs, MD: APHL Association of Public Health Laboratories, 2012), 58 p

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2012

by Stuart S. Olmsted, Shoshana R. Shelton, Christopher Nelson, Jeffrey Garnett

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Public health laboratories play an essential role in public health and safety. They function to generate critical data used to make informed decisions regarding the implementation of preventative measures and development of effective policies that protect the public from unforeseen conditions, hazards, and threats. To ensure continuation of these essential activities, public health laboratories must have in place an effective Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), a comprehensive, pre-event plan that describes the procedures, policies, and arrangements necessary for the laboratory to respond quickly and effectively to a wide variety of possible disruptions or threats. It describes what is in place, what the laboratory does to respond, and what is required to maintain the COOP. This publication describes the importance of a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), and identifies common strengths and potential vulnerabilities of laboratory-specific COOPs.

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