Continuity of Operations Planning

To ensure the fundamental mission of the University is protected at all times, USF Emergency Management supports Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning .

What is COOP?

COOP planning is designed to identify essential functions and plan for the continuation of these functions during a disaster or emergency. A Continuity of Operations Plan establishes priorities and procedures to ensure delivery of essential operations of the University and provide for alternate methods and locations of operations for an extended event. COOP planning is required by Florida Statutes Section 252.365.

How do I compile a Continuity of Operations Plan for my department?

To start a new COOP Plan for your department, select Create Your COOP Plan.

To return to your previously started COOP Plan, select Manage Your COOP Plan.

You will be taken to a template to make building your plan as easy as possible. For a step-by-step guide to building your COOP plan, an online training is available in GEMS:

Online COOP Training

Plans should be reviewed and updated annually. 

Please contact Rob Marlowe with USF Emergency Management at or (813) 974-2482 with any questions.

Where can I learn more?

If you would like to further your understanding of the COOP planning process, FEMA offers the following free online training course.

IS-1300: Introduction to Continuity of Operations