Mission Continuity at Penn

Plan Respond Recover

Mission continuity planning is designed to ensure that the University is prepared to resume operations as efficiently as possible in the event of a crisis (such as a fire, flood, or other cause of interruption in operations). As part of Penn’s Mission Continuity program, Schools, Centers and departments are responsible for developing mission continuity plans and recording them online using special software tailored for Penn, called Shadow-Planner.

Who is responsible?

Each School and Center will identify people responsible for developing and updating mission continuity plans. These plan liaisons and plan contributors will be trained in using the software, so they can easily enter and maintain their plans in the University’s Shadow-Planner repository. A mission continuity representative will also be designated in each School and Center. These representatives will serve as a conduit for two-way communications and be responsible for sharing and distributing important program information within their organization and sharing lessons-learned and feedback with other program participants. Some individuals may serve in more than one role. For example, the same person may be both a plan liaison and plan contributor.

Who benefits?

The University benefits from having consistent and accessible mission continuity plans for all organizations and buildings. Should disaster strike, these plans will provide the information necessary to help Schools and Centers resume their operations as quickly as possible.

More information

On this site, you will find guidance on creating a mission continuity plan, links to the tools the University provides for mission continuity planning, information on where to get help, and details about the overall Mission Continuity program.

If you have questions or want more information about the Mission Continuity program, please send an email to askmc@lists.upenn.edu and someone will be in touch to address your concern or question.