Planning Assumptions This plan assumes four basic scenarios that may cause a

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Planning Assumptions This plan assumes four basic scenarios that may cause a disruption of normal court operations. Examples of these scenarios are contained in Figure 3. The scenarios are: Courthouse only is affected Courthouse and immediate vicinity are affected Geographic region is affected Pandemic Influenza Figure 3 : Examples of Planning Scenarios Scenario Circumstances Courthouse Only Building fire Courthouse and Immediate Vicinity Gas main explosion that affects areas near and around the court facility Geographic Region Heavy regional floods Pandemic Influenza State-wide impact (world-wide) Building on these planning scenarios, the plan incorporates the following assumptions: The worst-case scenario is the loss of access to [ insert court location ]. Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and the Trial Court COOP Plans will be coordinated if the courts are co-located in one alternate site. The Emergency Response Team will be available to provide leadership, and continue court office essential functions. The sheriff’s office will provide security to the judges, staff, and court facilities. National Center for State Courts Sample COOP Plan Draft 1 11/2006Updated 1/8/07 7
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AStrategic Plan for a Comprehensive Emergency Management Program m Part II - Appendix AA Once relocated to an alternate site(s), judges will adjust their dockets to assume matters from others who may not have survived or are unavailable. Activation of the COOP plan may be required at any time e.g., business hours or non-business hours. Following activation, the Emergency Response Team members may be required to travel from their home or other non-duty location(s) directly to an alternate site. Some or all information and communications systems may be degraded or unavailable COOP activation does not affect the pay or benefits of court personnel. COOP Plan Phases Phase I - Activation The COOP plan is activated by a significant event or by the receipt of information regarding a credible threat that jeopardizes the safe and continuous operations of the court and/or the court’s ability to continue to perform essential functions at the primary facility. The extent to which activation will be possible depends on the warning received, whether personnel are at the court or another location, and the extent of damage to the affected court facility and surrounding areas. The following positions, in order of priority, are each authorized to direct responses to emergencies including evacuation (partial or total), and closing of court operations: [ insert names of positions e.g., Chief Justice/Judge, court administrator, clerk of court, sheriff, building manager .] Chief Justice/judge Court Administrator Sheriff Building manager The positions listed above are referred collectively as the “Leadership Group.” They will report to [ insert pre-designated location ] as they learn of an emergency which may require any evacuation or activation of the COOP plan. The team should first report to [
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