Emergency Management News

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the draft Continuity Guidance Circular, which guides whole community efforts to develop and maintain the capability to ensure continuity of operations, continuity of government, and enduring constitutional government during an emergency that disrupts normal operations.  The draft document is now beginning a 30-day National Engagement period. National engagement provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the draft documents to ensure that the final document reflects the collective expertise and experience of the whole community. The National Engagement period will conclude at 5:00 pm EDT on July 5, 2017.
The draft Continuity Guidance Circular (CGC) released today describes federal and non-federal continuity efforts; outlines whole community continuity roles, responsibilities, and coordinating structures; and describes the process for building and maintaining capabilities to ensure the performance of essential functions and delivery of critical services and core capabilities.
Many jurisdictions and organizations already have an existing continuity program and plan, and will use the Circular to refine capabilities and processes. 
FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute engagement webinars to describe the draft document and answer participants’ questions about providing feedback.  All webinars are open to the whole community.
To review the draft Continuity Guidance Circular, and to obtain additional webinar information, visit www.fema.gov/continuity-guidance-circular.  To provide comments on the drafts, complete the feedback form and submit it to FEMA-CGC@fema.dhs.gov.
After feedback is incorporated from the national engagement period and the CGC is finalized, FEMA will apply the principles and concepts from the CGC to update continuity training and other supporting materials, tools and templates.

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