Mission Continuity is the ability of an organization to continue serving its constituents and maintain viability following a disaster or other disruption. Typical Continuity measures include being able to resume functions at alternate locations, backing up and storing data offsite, maintaining current contact information for staff, vendors, etc. The planning process begins with determining your department, division, unit or lab’s critical functions that must be recovered within 30 days of a disaster in order to prevent irreparable harm to:
- The University's ability to provide critical patient care, administrative, academic, research, or service functions.
- The University's reputation.
UC Ready Enhancement Project
UC Ready is a web-based software tool that provides a step-by-step process for creating a business continuity plan. It is one component of a system-wide continuity planning program that helps UC manage risks to the University's mission caused by an adverse disruptive event. In early 2014, The UC Ready Enhancement Project was established to improve the functionality of the UC Ready tool. The project’s goal was to identify the key enhancements necessary to continue to grow UC continuity planning efforts. In conjunction with this project, a decision was made to shift the strategic focus of continuity planning from the departmental-level to the campus-wide level. The enhanced UC Ready tool incorporates all of the previous tool's functionality and include key enhancements that enable the an important strategic shift to include campus level continuity planning efforts.
- The ability to conduct a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) to identify the most critical functions and time sensitive processes
- The ability to develop a campus-wide mission continuity plan and provide reports at the campus and system-wide levels
As part of the UC Ready Enhancement Project, a new software tool is being rolled out. The Division of Homeland Security Emergency Management meets with individual plan owners to ensure a seamless workability with the UC Ready tool. In doing so, the Mission Continuity Program schedules surveys with individual plan owners to conduct the Business Impact Analysis and update the Mission Continuity Plan in the UC Ready tool. .