About Continuity of Operations
Continuity is an important element of preparedness and an integral part of each core capability across the five mission areas of protection, prevention, mitigation, response and recovery within the National Preparedness System. Because incidents may affect an organization or government’s ability to provide assets, assistance and services, continuity planning and operations are an inherent component of each the previously mentioned core capabilities and the coordinating structures that provide them. Enduring constitutional government, continuity of government and continuity of operations is dependent upon the foundation of preparedness built by each and every individual and community.
No level of government can perform essential functions and provide critical services without the support of the rest of the community. Private sector entities, critical infrastructure, non-governmental organizations, communities, individuals and families all play a vital role.
Enhanced organizational and community resilience is important for managing threats to essential business functions today and in the future. Resilience is the ability of core functions to rapidly adapt and respond to changes, disruptions or threats. Continuity resilience must encompass business, as well as information technology, operations and recognize the importance of partnerships and interrelationships. It can be thought of as spanning six discrete layers:
- Strategic planning and procedures
- Organization/community (people)
- Core business processes
- Communications and information technology (systems/applications)
- Essential/vital records (data/records management)
- Facilities and security
This layered approach is scalable and applicable to individual organizations and communities as a whole. Continuity cannot occur without the commitment and dedication of many partners who play integral roles in providing critical business functions and vital services throughout Indiana.
As part of each organization’s continuity planning, it is critical that each organization clearly identify its partners, and in particular, those supplies, products and information it receives from partners that are vital to the organization’s ability to accomplish its essential business functions.