FEMA released the draft of an updated Continuity Guidance Circular for national engagement. The document provides recommendations on developing and maintaining the capability to ensure continuity of operations, continuity of government, and enduring constitutional government. National preparedness and sustainment of essential functions is a shared responsibility of the whole community – business, nonprofit and governmental entities. FEMA’s National Continuity Programs developed the Circular in 2009 and issued its first revision in 2013.
The document describes the fundamental theories and concepts to unify the application of continuity principles, planning, and capabilities across the nation. It further describes federal and non-federal continuity efforts; outlines whole community continuity roles, responsibilities, and coordinating structures; and describes the process for building and maintaining continuity capabilities. Many jurisdictions and organizations already have an existing continuity program and plan, and will use the Circular to refine capabilities and processes.
The 30-day national engagement period includes several 60-minute engagement webinars to describe the draft document, provide information on how to submit feedback, and to answer stakeholders’ questions. Feedback from stakeholders will shape the development of the final document.