Homeland Security Program Office


What is COOP?

COOP is defined as the activities of individual departments and agencies and their sub-components to ensure that their essential functions are performed. For more information about COOP activities and how they affect you, the employee, please click here for a quick overview.


NOAA Homeland Security Program Office (HSPO) serves as the lead COOP planning agent for NOAA. HSPO, in coordination with the NOAA COOP Working Group, has developed a NOAA Headquarters COOP Plan. The NOAA COOP Plan documents the overarching strategy, policies and procedures with a focus on COOP elements such as alternate site criteria, testing and exercise objectives, annual COOP validations and interagency COOP efforts. Because COOP plans are living documents, HSPO continues to refine and improve the NOAA COOP plan to reflect lessons learned through both training exercises and real world events.

The Federal Continuity Directive 1 (FCD 1) provides direction to the Federal executive branch for developing continuity plans and programs. Continuity planning facilitates the performance of executive branch essential functions during all-hazards emergencies or other situations that may disrupt normal operations. The ultimate goal of continuity in the executive branch is the continuation of National Essential Functions (NEFs). Please click here to view FCD 1.

What does this mean for NOAA personnel?

The NOAA COOP Plan is an all hazards plan, ensuring the performance of essential functions during any emergency or situation that may disrupt normal operations. NOAA's COOP Plan ensures that in the event the headquarters building is closed for a period of time, NOAA’s COOP would be activated, ensuring the continuance of mission essential functions at an alternate operating facility or "COOP site".

NOAA's COOP emergency relocation group (ERG) members have been identified and trained for a COOP event. During COOP activation, the ERG would report to the COOP alternate facility. All other NOAA personnel would receive instructions and, in most scenarios, non-ERG members will be directed to proceed to their homes or to other NOAA facilities to await further guidance.

To help facilitate our ability to account for NOAA personnel's safety and status during periods of emergency (natural or otherwise), all employees should respond to ENS messages, remain in contact with their direct supervisor, and barring that use either the NOAA Website Check-In System or the Toll-Free Call-In Number (1-888-NOAA-911 or 1-888-662-2911) to contact us as soon as possible to advise us of your status and provide a means of contacting you.