The PASEFs are the overarching responsibilities that are the primary focus of the agency leaders during, and in the aftermath, of a catastrophic emergency. The statewide essential functions have been reviewed and confirmed by the Continuity of Government Steering Committee and the Governor.
Functions and organization must continue throughout, or resume rapidly after, a disruption of normal activities or operations. MEFs provide vital services, exercise civil authority, maintain the safety of the public, and/or sustain the industrial/economic base.
Agencies determine which of their essential functions must continue during a disruption or office closure and the employees needed to continue the function. These employees are COOP essential employees. This responsibility lies in the human resources office.
The Continuity Guidance Circular outlines successful practices for continuity programs and how to use a business impact analysis to determine essential functions.