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


A significant piece for local health departments in planning and preparing for a public health emergency is developing a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). A COOP facilitates the performance of a health department's functions during an 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.

Format: PDF

Primary Toolkit:

APC Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Advanced Practice Centers


Institutional Author:

Montgomery County, Maryland APC





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