Business continuity is a second, but critical, priority. As initial responses are completed, Incident Management Team (IMT) staff will focus on business continuity planning by developing an assessment of damage, program disruptions, and other continuity problems. As the complete assessment emerges, IMT staff will identify the most effective recovery plan for the University. If possible, academic programs and key services will be resumed almost immediately. If necessary, the group may recommend that academic programs be temporarily suspended until basic services are re-established. These basic services include:
- facilities repair and recovery;
- information systems;
- utilities (i.e., power, water, heat, gas); and
- key business functions that support teaching and research programs.
To assist the IMT in setting the priority for business recovery, see the Recovery Priorities matrix in Appendix 5.