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UPDATED: September 2019
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Civil Emergency
Event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare in a place, environment or a place or the security of that place.
Cold Site
An environmentally equipped facility that provides only the physical space for recovery operations while the organization using the space provides its own office equipment, hardware and software systems and any other required resources to establish and continue operations. A site (data centre/work area) equipped with appropriate environmental conditioning, electrical connectivity, communications access, configurable space and access to accommodate the installation and operation of equipment by key employees required to resume business operations.
Command Center/Centre

Operational site (physical or virtual) used by a crisis team after the initial phase of an emergency; can also serve as a reporting point for deliveries, services, press and all external contacts. 

Common Recognized Information Picture (CRIP)
A statement of shared situational awareness and understanding, which is briefed to crisis decision-makers and used as the accepted basis for auditable and defensible decisions.
Communications Recovery
The component of disaster recovery which deals with the restoration or rerouting of an organization?s telecommunication network, or its components, in the event of loss.
Consortium Agreement
An agreement made by a group of organizations to share processing facilities and/or office facilities, if one member of the group suffers a disaster.
Contact List
A list of key people to be notified at the time of disruption or as needed.The contact data used by Call Tree and Cascade processes and systems.
Contingency Fund
A budget for meeting and managing operating expense at the time of a business continuity invocation.
Contingency Plan
An event specific preparation that is executed to protect an organization from certain and specific identified risks and/or threats.A plan to deal with specific set of adverse circumstances.
Contingency Planning
Process of developing advanced arrangements and procedures that enable an organization to respond to an undesired event that negatively impacts the organization.
Continuance of Government (COG)
This is a US concept for how government entities plan to continue the key elements of public governance in emergency situations.
Continuance Of Operations Planning

This has applicability mainly in the United States. In most countries BC plans are used for both private and public sector bodies including government entities. In the US COOP is sometimes used as an alternative term to BCM even in the private sector.

Continuity of Operations (COOP)
Management policy and procedures used to guide an enterprise response to a major loss of enterprise capabilities or damage to its' facilities. It defines the activities of individual departments and agencies and their subcomponents to ensure their essential functions are performed.
Continuity Of Operations Plan (COOP)
Management policy and procedures used to guide an enterprise response to a major loss of enterprise capabilities or damage to its' facilities. It defines the activities of individual departments and agencies and their subcomponents to ensure their essential functions are performed. Continuance Of Operations Planning
Continuous Availability
A system or application that supports operations which continue with little to no noticeable impact to the user.