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 – April 2015
In early 2014, the UC Ready Enhancement Project was
established, with two goals:
Strategic Focus: To shift the strategic focus of the
Continuity Planning Program from independent departmental planning to
coordinated campus-wide planning, in which departmental plans are better
coordinated with each other and with an overall campus-level (medical
- Improve the Tool: To identify the
key enhancements in our software tool necessary to facilitate this new
strategic focus. The enhanced UC Ready tool would incorporate all of the
previous tool's functionality, plus enhancements to expand its reach and
Ultimately, it was decided to purchase a new software
tool. The new tool will still be named
“UC Ready” to signify that the overall goal of
our program remains the same:
effectively managing the risk of disruptive events, and enabling efficient
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.