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Continuity Planning

UMass Amherst is committed to the safety and protection of its employees, students, operations, research, education and facilities. In support of this commitment, the University has critical operations that must be performed, or rapidly and efficiently resumed in an emergency. Continuity planning is an effort to ensure that essential functions of the University can continue across a wide range of potential emergencies.

Continuity Planning at UMass Amherst is designed to address three types of disruptions:

  • Denial / loss of access to a facility (such as damage to the building);
  • Service interruption due to a reduced workforce (such as a communicable disease); and
  • Service interruption due to equipment or systems failure (such as IT systems failure).

Whatever the emergency or event, UMass' goal is to be "Ready" so that we can continue our teaching, research and public service mission with minimal interruption.

UMass Ready

UMass Ready is a continuity planning tool designed for the UMass Amherst Campus.

Access UMass Ready by clicking here.

UMass Ready is designed for departmental continuity planning. Department is loosely defined as any sub-unit of the campus. It might be an entire school, college or division, or a small specialized unit. The tool is appropriate for all types of departments - instructional, research, as well as administrative and other support units.

This tool is easy-to-use and requires no advance training. However, before you begin your plan contact the Emergency Management Director who will provide guidance and context.