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Continuity of Operations Planning

Thanks everyone for checking in on July 11th. We had a few hiccups as 2,500 people all tried to check in at 2:30 but we recovered and checked in 3,300 people. If you have any substantive feedback, please let your continuity advisory board or working group member know. Results were:


Division Employees Reported Percent Reported Total Employees
AF 89 100% 89
AL 72 57% 127
CF 184 88% 209
CH 63 37% 170
CR 183 98% 187
CS 15 100% 15
EE 470 69% 683
EG 255 86% 296
EH 99 93% 106
ES 202 67% 300
FA 199 87% 230
GN 216 91% 237
HR 70 86% 81
IC 136 100% 136
LD 40 95% 42
LS 197 83% 236
MS 170 40% 427
NE 85 100% 85
NS 117 90% 130
OP 15 68% 22
PA 44 100% 44
PB 195 69% 282
PH 116 86% 135
PS 18 100% 18
SN 50 100% 50
Total 3300 76% 4353

Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning focuses on sustaining Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's viable research and operations functions during and after an adverse event.  It includes proactive advance planning and preparation necessary to rapidly resume our research and operations following a disruption of any size or type.  Such events or disruptions could be:

  • Natural (earthquake, firestorm, pandemic illness)
  • Local  (water damage or fire in a building, etc.) or
  • Technology or environmental failures (loss of electronic data, network outage, power failure, etc.)

Through COOP Planning we are able to:

  • Identify our essential functions and essential support activities
  • Identify supporting essential systems/processes that must be sustained
  • Priortize those functions
  • Determine essential function resource requirements
  • Develop recovery plans which ensure continuity of those essential services and functions
  • Mitigate risk to essential records
  • Designate alternate operating facilities when available and appropriate
  • Pre-plan for delegation of authority and order of succession
  • Provide for Personnel Accountability to ensure the life, health and safety of all staff and visitors
  • Train, test and exercise the program
  • Provide staff awareness

Regardless of the particular event, our goal is to be adequately prepared so that we can continue our research and operations with minimal interruption.