Continuity Assistance Tool (CAT), Continuity Assistance for Non-Federal Entities (States, Territories, Tribal, and Local Government Jurisdictions and Private Sector Organizations) [open pdf - 309KB]
"This Continuity Assistance Tool (CAT) provides guidance and assistance for States, Territories, Tribal, and Local Government Jurisdictions and Private Sector Organizations (collectively referred to herein as 'organizations') to identify continuity program strengths and areas for improvement. National Security Presidential Directive-51/Homeland Security Presidential Directive-20 (NSPD 51/HSPD-20) National Continuity Policy was issued by the President to establish and maintain a comprehensive and effective national continuity capability. The National Continuity Policy Implementation Plan (NCPIP) builds upon the Policy and provides guidance to executive departments and agencies and non-Federal entities (including State, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and the private sector) on identifying and carrying out their Essential Functions to lead and sustain the Nation during a catastrophic emergency. The NCPIP also encourages coordination among Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial governments and the private sector to achieve a comprehensive and integrated continuity capability. Through this collaborative effort, our national security posture can be enhanced to enable a more rapid and effective response to, and recovery from, a national emergency. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with its non-Federal partners developed Continuity Guidance Circular 1 (CGC 1), Continuity Guidance for Non-Federal Entities, States, Territories, Tribal, and Local Government Jurisdictions and Private Sector Organizations, to provide operational guidance to implement the NCPIP. This assistance tool captures the key elements necessary for organizations to create a comprehensive continuity program and plan, as described in CGC 1, and provides a method to review those continuity programs and plans."
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): http://www.fema.gov/