Within Washington State government, the Military Department has overall responsibility for Emergency Management activities. Included as part of emergency management is the requirement that state agencies develop Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP).
It is through the COOP process that agencies identify mission essential functions in order to develop disaster recovery plans for the technology necessary to delivery agency essential functions. Once developed, the disaster recovery plan(s) becomes part of the COOP.
While the COOP speaks to emergencies and crisis management, routine business continuity planning ensures that essential functions are identified and can be recovered and restored in the event of service disruptions.