Getting Started with Mission Continuity: Overview

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very School and Center will develop mission continuity plans to ensure that they can resume operations as efficiently as possible in the event of an unexpected interruption. These plans, for example, could help them to continue teaching, safeguard valuable research data, and allow important systems to continue to function.

Detailed plans and implementation schedules are being developed for all Schools and Centers to join the Mission Continuity Program (MCP). To learn more, please contact your Mission Continuity Representative who will be able to provide more detailed information and apprise you of local plans for your area. You are also encouraged to explore the online Knowledge Building module on this web site—a valuable reference tool designed to acquaint faculty and staff with Mission Continuity, its purpose, its benefits to your organization, and some of the roles and processes related to the program.

Following are the general steps for creating and maintaining a local mission continuity plan:

  1. Get in touch with your School or Center’s Mission Continuity Representative who will be able to give you more detailed information and apprise you of local plans for your area.
  2. Complete the online Knowledge Building module designed to further acquaint you with Mission Continuity, its purpose, its benefits to your School or Center, and some of the roles and processes related to the program. Note that successful completion of this module is a pre-requisite for becoming more involved in the MCP and attending more in-depth classroom training offerings.
  3. Work with your local Mission Continuity Representative to identify local plan liaisons and plan contributors.
    • A plan liaison creates the mission continuity plan using Shadow-Planner software. Plan liaisons are fully trained on Shadow-Planner and serve as the local software expert.
    • Also fully trained on Shadow-Planner, a plan contributor assists in the maintenance of the Mission Continuity plan at a local or departmental level. Plan contributors may inventory and contribute information on functions, systems or assets in their area.
  4. Download and complete the Shadow-Planner access form and secure the appropriate approval signatures. Important: You must bring this completed form with you to training and have successfully completed the online Knowledge Building module as indicated in step #2 above.
  5. Assemble plan information. Here are examples of the type of information that may need to be collected:
    • Contacts
    • Call lists
    • Critical processes and owners
    • Building / facility information
    • Necessary equipment / supplies
    • Key technology and system applications
    • Vital documents
    • Key supplier contact information

    Further examples and a more detailed checklist are available as part of the reference material for the Shadow-Planner training program. Also, completing the Pre-Planning Questionnaire (see next step #7) will also help to structure your thinking about this information.

  6. Complete the Pre-Planning Questionnaire. Note that you must bring this completed document with you to training.
  7. Take Shadow-Planner training (required for plan liaisons and contributors, and optional for others who may wish to understand more about mission continuity planning).
  8. Determine the structure of plans to be entered into Shadow-Planner; the attached document can help with this.
  9. Enter mission continuity plan into Shadow-Planner.
  10. Review and update plan regularly.