By William Jackson
Jan 06, 2009
An influx of up to 2 million people into nation.s capitol for the
inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president is expected to
overwhelm the Washington area.s transportation systems , as well as its
"This will be a great test [for continuity-of-operations planning],"
said Cindy Auten, general manager of the Telework Exchange. "It will
take us almost to the limits of being able to handle the bandwidth."
The exchange, a public-private partnership that promotes and provides
resources for telecommuting, is urging employers in the national capital
area to let employees work from home or other remote locations that day.
It not only would help ease the congestion expected in downtown
Washington, but would also be good opportunity for organization's to
test the continuity-of-operations (COOP) plans that they should have in
"This will be the ultimate COOP experience, to be able to Telework with
an extra 2 million people in the area," Auten said.
Continuity-of-operations plans are supposed to provide a blueprint for
keeping an organization.s mission-critical processes functioning during
natural or manmade emergencies, when workers might not be able to make
it to their normal place of work or infrastructure or resources might
not be available. The plans usually look good on paper, but they often
get little real-world testing in advance of a crisis. The planned crisis
presented by the inaugural crowds could be an opportunity for a dry run.
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