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§ 14-116. Continuity of operations plans

West's Annotated Code of MarylandPublic SafetyEffective: October 1, 2021

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Public Safety (Refs & Annos)
Title 14. Emergency Management (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 1. Maryland Emergency Management Act (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2021
MD Code, Public Safety, § 14-116
§ 14-116. Continuity of operations plans
“Principal department” defined
(a) In this section, “principal department” means a principal department of the Executive Branch of State Government established in § 8-201 of the State Government Article.
Principal departments’ continuity of operations plans
(b)(1) Each principal department shall:
(i) develop a continuity of operations plan to maintain department operations if an emergency or other crisis disrupts normal operations;
(ii) annually update the continuity of operations plan; and
(iii) submit the continuity of operations plan and updates to the Department.
(2) Each continuity of operations plan shall include information regarding:
(i) the delineation of essential functions;
(ii) the delegation of authority;
(iii) the safekeeping of and access to essential records, including electronic records;
(iv) continuity locations;
(v) continuity communications;
(vi) human resources planning;
(vii) devolution of essential functions;
(viii) reconstitution; and
(ix) program validation through testing, training, and exercises.
(3) The Department shall develop guidelines and serve as the coordinating agency to assist each principal department to write and maintain a continuity of operations plan.
(4) The Department may resolve conflicts between principal department continuity of operations plans.
Continuity of government plan
(c)(1) To ensure the State can continue to provide essential government functions during and after an emergency, the Department shall work with each principal department to develop and maintain a continuity of government plan.
(2) The continuity of government plan shall include the continuity of operations for essential government functions as identified by the principal departments.
(3) The Department shall:
(i) present the continuity of government plan to the Governor and, in accordance with § 2-1257 of the State Government Article, the General Assembly by the end of the first calendar year of each gubernatorial term; and
(ii) review for revision the continuity of government plan at least once every 4 years.


Added by Acts 2020, c. 516, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2020. Amended by Acts 2021, c. 287, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2021; Acts 2021, c. 288, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2021.
MD Code, Public Safety, § 14-116, MD PUBLIC SAFETY § 14-116
Current through all legislation from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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