Continuity planning is the advance preparation and planning that will enable the University to resume its critical operations following an event/disruption of any size or type.

A Business Continuity Plan is a collection of critical information that a person stepping into a leadership role would need in order to manage effectively during the recovery process. Whether it's a wildfire, a mudslide that closes the freeway, or some other natural or human-caused disaster, our campus must be prepared to carry on our core mission of teaching, research, and public service.

For departments that need to begin the continuity planning process, the following document provides a condensed framework for identifying the unit's Essential Functions and building a basic understanding of continuity operations.

Simplified Continuity Planning

UC Ready is a continuity software tool that is being implemented throughout the University of California system.

This Web-based program, created at UC Berkeley, was designed to help departments prepare for rapid resumption of the University's mission following any unexpected disruption (e.g. earthquake). The core activities of teaching, research, and public service are performed at the department level; therefore preparations to continue these activities after a disaster should begin at that level.

The UC Ready tool will guide you, step-by-step, to create a continuity plan that identifies:

  • Critical Functions: Work that is essential for continuing the mission of the department and the factors needed for their continuance.
  • Information and Strategies that will help during and after a disaster-event.
  • Action Items that can be started immediately to prepare us for and lessen the impact of disaster events.