United States Courts
Western district of Missouri
Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)
Being prepared to serve our customers, under any circumstances, is something the Western District of Missouri does not take lightly.
On June 24, staff from the U.S. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office participated in a region-wide exercise sponsored by the Federal Executive Board of Kansas City. As part of the Kansas City Regional Inter-Agency Continuity Exercise, the Court participated in a disaster simulation, specifically an earthquake. The event called for the Charles Evans Whittaker Courthouse to be inaccessible. Staff members implemented their Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and headed to the alternate facility.
During this exercise, court staff tested basic emergency notification systems and the ability to access various computer systems from a remote location, with limited resources. In addition, participants simulated a basic court hearing to ensure the courtroom was adequately prepared if a need arose.
Rest assured that neither fire, floods, or earthquakes will keep the Western District out of commission for very long.