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 participate in 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 training modules, which are designed to acquaint faculty and staff with Mission Continuity, its purpose, its benefits to your organization, and 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. Obtain agreement from your Mission Continuity Representative that you will be a MCP liaison for your School or Center.
  2. Complete the online Knowledge Link training designed to further acquaint you with Mission Continuity, its purpose, its benefits to your School or Center, and roles and processes related to the program. Note that successful completion of these modules is a pre-requisite for becoming more involved in the MCP.
  3. Download and complete the Shadow-Planner access form and secure the appropriate approval signatures. Send the access form to:
    Mission Continuity Program Administration, Suite 721 Franklin Building / 6293
  4. 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) will also help to structure your thinking about this information.

  5. Complete the Pre-Planning Questionnaire.
  6. Determine the structure of plans to be entered into Shadow-Planner; the attached document can help with this.
  7. Enter mission continuity plan into Shadow-Planner.
  8. Review and update plan regularly.