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Maine SOP-DISP Announcement


May 12, 2011


Good Day to All—

On behalf of the State of Maine, representatives from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP) will be facilitating a series of two workshops to help develop Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs) for Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and public safety dispatch centers statewide. The first of these workshops is scheduled for June 15, 2011. The follow-on workshop will be scheduled during the June workshop.

These workshops are part of an OEC/ICTAP technical assistance effort designed to help supervisory personnel plan for continuity of operations in the event of evacuations, relocations, or loss of capabilities. The first workshop in this series provides participants a seminar-style venue where OEC/ICTAP facilitators will provide real world examples of plans for different COOP scenarios. In addition, they share best practices from around the Nation that can help participants identify and mitigate predictable risks to PSAPs and dispatch centers. During the first workshop, participants will develop the outline for a COOP and appropriate annexes that document the various operating environments, the potential challenges to operations, and specific planning for relocation or evacuation scenarios. OEC/ICTAP will consolidate the content and inputs from the first workshop into a draft COOP for the planning team to review and revise at the second workshop.

As an invitee on this announcement, you have been identified by the State as a valuable member of the team needed to contribute to this COOP. Please join us on Wednesday June 15, 2011 to begin identifying content for this plan including existing COOP plans, suggested ways to standardize COOP efforts statewide, local best practices, and lessons learned. This workshop will take place from 9:00am-4:00pm at:

Maine Emergency Management Agency
Workshop will be held at Florian Hall at the Central Maine Commerce Center (CMCC)
45 Commerce Drive, Augusta, Maine 04333

To participate in this workshop, please RSVP to Steven Mallory, Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, Maine Emergency Management Agency, by phone at 207-624-4476, or via email at Overnight lodging for travelers from over 100 miles away must be approved by MEMA before the workshop. MEMA will provide lunch and snacks.



Steven Mallory


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