Continuity Planning

To begin continuity planning for your department, assign a Continuity Planning Lead to manage the planning process.

Severe weather, a utility outage, an unusually bad flu season: these are just some of the incidents that could significantly impact the university’s ability to continue its mission of teaching, research, and patient care. It’s important to consider how to continue our most important work in order to minimize disruption and resume operations.

Departments often know how they would get along during an incident that affects their work, but may have procedures that are difficult to keep updated, maintain strategies that aren’t documented, or simply not know where to begin. Developing a department continuity plan helps departments to:

  • Prepare for incidents with the potential to disrupt operations.
  • Carry on critical functions under conditions of diminished resources: loss of space, loss of equipment, loss of IT infrastructure, and high absenteeism.
  • Rapidly resume these functions if they’ve been interrupted.

Tufts Continuity Planner is a web-based planning tool that guides departments through each step of the planning process. Designed specifically for higher education, it is intuitive, easy-to-use, and requires no training – think TurboTax®, but for continuity planning. It typically takes just 1-2 months of minimal, part-time effort to complete a continuity plan, because the tool stimulates thoughtful consideration of issues instead of requiring detailed research or leg-work. Learn more about the planning process.