Mission Essential Function

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BACKGROUND. Implementing new procedures and countermeasures will ensure positive results during real time Mission Emergency Functions (MEF). Implementing new standards will be in an addition to annual sustainment training. Activation of COOP currently takes place in the initial phase between 0 to 12 hours. Normal protocols during this movement are coordination, establishment of command, personnel accountability, and initiation of procedures. A Mission Essential Function (MEF) task that an agency can defer is no longer 48 hours from “N” time. Current changing threats, including acts of nature, accidents, technological emergencies, and terrorist attack-related incidents have increased the need for viable Continuity of Operations capabilities…show more content…
Movement of other agencies in and out of the area of operation can cause confusion on accountability of personnel and equipment. Communication flow will slow at times due to real time updates because of the distances. b. Course of Action (COA) 2: Mobile Units with minimal capabilities will initiate operations within the current affected region during the initial stages until operational facilities assume command and control. (Advantages) Personnel, equipment will stay at standby status through already standard operating procedures. Emergency Response Groups (ERG) continuous mobility during the operation will enhance operation within limits during critical moments. Command teams and counterparts will have relay capabilities for communications teams during the entire operation. (Disadvantages) Due to unknown circumstances, personnel and equipment can be inapplicable delaying operations. ERG operations will be limited to the vehicle capabilities, operating distances, and space to plan. Command teams and senior leadership already have primary to contingency plans of communication satellite phones, Ultra High Frequency (UHF)/ Frequency Modulation (FM) radios, and
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