Mission Continuity & PennReady

PennReady is the umbrella designation for the University’s comprehensive emergency preparedness program, designed to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies that could affect the Penn and University City communities.

Mission Continuity and several other PennReady components are designed to help Schools, Centers, and the central administration prepare for and respond to emergencies:

Overall Crisis Management Plan. The University of Pennsylvania Crisis Management Plan (CMP) prescribes the administrative framework for managing all crises and emergencies at Penn. The Division of Public Safety (DPS) is the lead University organization for maintaining the plan, recommending revisions to the plan and exercising the CMP with all Schools, centers and divisions.

Blue Book Program. Blue Books are building-specific crisis management action plans (C-MAP) examining all emergency preparedness aspects of campus buildings. These books document the readiness of the Penn community's response as well as providing vital systems information for emergency responders to manage a crisis event as it unfolds.

Emergency Team Program.  Each Penn building has designated personnel responsible for implementing evacuation and shelter-in-place procedures and for assisting in building emergency drills and actual building emergencies.

Still other PennReady components are designed to help faculty, staff, and students directly in case of an emergency:

UPennAlert emergency notification system. The UPennAlert system allows the University to send alerts in minutes through outdoor sirens and text messaging, voicemail and email to numerous devices, such as cell phones, landline phones, fax machines and PDAs. All faculty, staff, and students need to provide contact information specifically for UPennAlert.

Building-specific emergency preparedness bulletins. Bulletins detailing emergency procedures are posted in each campus building, typically on the first floor near or on elevators or other public areas. The bulletins provide occupants with building specific information on areas of refuge and shelter and emergency procedures.

Emergency procedures. The Division of Public Safety has compiled descriptions of emergency scenarios and procedures that everyone on campus should be familiar with, such as evacuation, shelter-in-place, fire, active shooter, lockdown, lock out, and bomb threat.

AED (automated external defibrillators). These computerized medical devices, installed in buildings across campus, can check a person’s heart rhythm and advise rescuers on the steps to take if defibrillation shock is required. The Division of Public Safety coordinates Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and AED training for Schools and Centers.

See the PennReady website for comprehensive PennReady information and links to other important information provided by the Division of Public Safety.