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Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Coordination
Continuity and Planning Division (CPD)
United States Department of Agriculture

Continuity and Planning Division (CPD)

The Continuity and Planning Division (CPD) serves as the Department’s focal point for Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning, Training and Exercises to ensure USDA can perform mission critical essential functions during a wide-range of emergency situations.
CPD works with closely with every USDA agency and staff office to fulfill roles including:

  • Maintaining the USDA Headquarters COOP Plan
  • Ensuring the readiness of the Secretary’s alternate site and Devolution facility
  • Supporting the Secretary and subcabinet in both the COOP and Continuity of Government (COG) programs
  • Leading USDA participation in the National Exercise Program, including the annual Eagle Horizon Exercise
  • Coordinating, training and leading an incident management team to support USDA senior leaders in a continuity event
  • Ensuring that all USDA agencies and staff offices have plans and alternate facilities in place to continue essential operations even if all primary facilities are unavailable in an emergency.