Continuity planning is a process or act of planning that helps each unit reduce the
impact of an adverse event such as natural disasters, a pandemic, loss of power, and
many other disasters. A continuity plan helps Ferris departments maintain their critical
functions by collecting information before and after a major disruption. It is developed and tested to be ready for use in the event of a disruption of operations.
This preparation will ensure that departments recover from interruptions as quickly
To fulfill the mission to prepare students for successful careers, responsible citizenship,
and lifelong learning, each department and major division is required to have a completed
The continuity planning training component gives an overview about continuity planning
and its importance. The training helps users navigate through the continuity planning
tool and is broken into three segments:
It is important to review, test, and update continuity plans on a regular basis to
ensure that they will meet our current organizational needs in the event of a disaster.
To this end, feel free to use the following resources to conduct testings and reviews
on your department's continuity plan.
The purpose of having a continuity plan is to ensure the continuation of departmental
operations in the event of any disruption on campus. It reduces the impact of a disaster
as it establishes recovery strategies for any potential interruptions of your department’s
critical functions. Furthermore, continuity planning may serve as a tool to review
and update departmental processes.
It takes roughly four to six weeks to complete a continuity plan. The amount of time
depends on how often the department’s representatives can meet and collaborate to
write the plan. Most of the development time will be spent on determining the critical
Any staff member who has a deep knowledge and understanding of the department’s operation
should be in the planning group. They are usually the upper and middle managers including,
but not limited to directors or assistant directors, building coordinators, HR managers,
Critical functions are functions that are vital to the department and/or the University—without
which Ferris would lose the ability to achieve its Mission. Follow the steps below
to determine your critical functions:
Identify all functions that your department performs regularly.
Determine the critical functions by asking the following questions:
- Would the cessation of the function cause any threat to life, health, and safety? - Would the pausing of the function result in grave consequences?
- Would the university be at risk if you are unable to perform this function for 30
days or more after a disruption?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, that function is one of your
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