Continuity of State & Local Government (1958)


Continuity of State & Local Government (Executive Office of the President, Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, September 1958; SuDoc PR34.758:L-20) is a pamphlet that describes a “four point course of action State and local governments must take to survive a nuclear attack.”  The four points  “for the survival of the nation” are:

  • establish automatic lines of succession
  • preserve essential records
  • establish emergency locations for government
  • plan to to use all personnel facilities and equipment for of government for emergency action

The 1958 Annual Report of the Federal Civil Defense Administration describes the continuity of government process in additional detail. It’s interesting to note the federal definition of “continuity of government” as reported in the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive (NSPD 51) “means a coordinated effort within the Federal Government’s executive branch to ensure that National Essential Functions continue to be performed during a Catastrophic Emergency.”

COG Related Docs & Info in Date Order

Executive Order 12656, (1988, November 18).

Enduring Constitutional Government and Continuity of Government Operations, PDD-NSC-67 (1998, October 21).

Gellman and Schmidt (2002, March 1). Shadow Government is at Work in Secret. The Washington Post. Retrieved from

Congressional Research Service. (2003). Continuity of Operations (COOP) in the Executive Branch: Background and Issues for Congress. RL31857. 2004 version / 2005 version

U.S. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. (2003, September 16). Ensuring the Continuity of the United States Government: The Presidency: Joint Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary and Committee on Rules and Administration, United States Senate, 108th Congress, First session.

National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. (2004). Final Report.

GAO. (2007). Continuity of Operations: Selected Agencies Tested Various Capabilities during 2006 Governmentwide Exercise: Report to the Ranking Member, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives.