While this may seem a long and drawn-out process for developing continuity-of-operations plans, there's a significant need for these plans. To minimize the impact that such a continuous undertaking would have on the finite resources of an organization, development and implementation of business-continuity and disaster-recovery plans should be part of the organization's normal planning activities. This will also allow the COOP to remain a living document, as opposed to a report that, once written, simply gathers dust or is used to elevate a paperweight.
Unfortunately, these kinds of plans demand periodic maintenance efforts. However, as previously stated, it's utterly essential for our survival that reliable and effective continuity-of-operations plans are in place at all of our organizations, and especially for those people in the government who safeguard our critical infrastructure.