UC Ready, a Mission Continuity Planning Tool
What is mission continuity planning?
Mission Continuity Planning helps an organization respond to the impact of an emergency or interruption to normal operations, and be able to continue to provide a minimum acceptable level of service during and in the immediate aftermath of such an event.
What is UC Ready?
UC Ready is a continuity planning program implemented throughout the University of California system. The web-based program was designed to prepare for rapid resumption of the University's mission following any unexpected disruption. UC Ready can help you prepare for continuity issues of excessive absenteeism, limited resources, backup restoration, alternate facilities, power failure and a myriad of others under all-hazards planning.
UC Ready has a clear goal?
UC Ready prepares UCM to continue its missions of teaching, research, and public service through any disruptive event. If forced to pause, we must be able to rapidly restart, even if in reduced mode.
Your plan will cover all disruptive events: All-encompassing (earthquake, pandemic illness); localized (fire in a building, basement flood); or personal (failure of a hard drive). We achieve all-hazard-readiness by engaging all department-level units in mission continuity planning.
UC Ready plans identify
- Critical functions performed by your department, and the factors needed for their continuance
- Information and strategies that will help during and after the disaster-event
- Planning strategies to ensure that we are better prepared
- Action items that can be done now to lessen the impact of these event
The UC Ready Enhancement Project – March 2015
In early 2014, The UC Ready Enhancement Project was
established to improve the functionality of the UC Ready tool. The project’s
goal was to identify the key enhancements necessary to continue to grow UC
continuity planning efforts. In conjunction with this project, a decision was
made to shift the strategic focus of continuity planning from the departmental-level
to the campuswide level. The enhanced UC Ready tool will incorporate all of the
previous tool's functionality and include key enhancements that enable an
important strategic shift to include campus level continuity planning efforts.
Some of the key enhancements include:
· The ability to conduct a Business Impact
Analysis (BIA) to identify the most critical functions and time sensitive
· The ability to develop a campuswide mission
continuity plan and provide reports at the campus and system-wide levels
The enhancements to UC Ready are currently underway with
campus rollout scheduled to start in May. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions
for more information.
Questions? Contact Risk Services
Go directly into the UC Ready tool, select UC Merced, and start your plan using the guidance supplied within the program.