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COOP Directive

The documents provided on this page may assist any type of public or private organization in developing a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). These documents are provided to also assist state departments in creating a pandemic influenza and all-hazard COOP to comply with Governor Bob Riley's Pandemic Influenza and All-Hazard COOP Directive signed on April 10, 2009.

Ten Steps to a Successful Continuity of Operations Plan

State Essential Functions

There are eight state essential functions (SEFs) that are the foundation for all government continuity programs and capabilities. They represent the overarching responsibilities to lead and sustain the State of Alabama during an emergency. Each state department's COOP must perform one or more SEF, which are not new authorities, requirements, or functions.

1. Ensure the continued functioning of our form of government under the Constitution of the State of Alabama, including the functions of the three separate branches of government.

2. Provide leadership visible to the state and maintain the trust and confidence of the citizens of Alabama.

3. Defend the Constitution of the State of Alabama against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and preventing or interdicting attacks against the State of Alabama or its people, property, or interest.

4. Maintain and foster effective relationships with the surrounding states.

5. Protect against threats to the state and bringing to justice perpetrators of crimes or attacks against the State of Alabama or its people, property or interests.

6. Provide rapid and effective responses to and recovery from domestic consequences of an attack or other incident.

7. Protect and stabilize the state’s economy and ensuring public confidence in its financial systems.

8. Provide critical state government services that address the health, safety, and welfare needs of the citizens of the State of Alabama.

2009 Alabama COOP Directive

State Agency COOP Training

ADPH, in collaboration with AEMA and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have created resources to assist agencies in accomplishing this directive.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Resources

Pandemic Influenza Personnel Policies and Guidelines

Page last updated: March 27, 2023