Risk Management Services is pleased to announce the acquisition of new continuity planning software, Tar Heel Mission Ready. This user-friendly platform will be the tool for campus departments to develop a plan of action to be in place prior to an unexpected or catastrophic event in order to minimize the degree of impact when such an event occurs. These plans provide an organized support system for campus, allow critical services to continue functioning during an event, and help campus get back to normal operations following an event.

University policy requires all campus departments to prepare and to maintain a current plan of action for unexpected events that may disrupt their normal operations. Developing an effective Tar Heel Mission Ready Plan is a collective effort that should include your department’s leadership. Campus departments should also include those employees, stakeholders or other resources who can contribute to this planning process. Departments should assign a plan administrator as a point of contact who is responsible for the maintenance and updating of the plan.

Campus departments have discretion as to which organizational level they write their plan. For example, some departments may develop individual plans for each unit or location while others may develop one overall plan. The important thing is that the plans are effective, practical and current.

The Tar Heel Mission Ready tool walks users through the planning process, including identifying critical functions, analyzing the impact of disruption to those functions, identifying departmental dependencies, documenting key resources, uploading pertinent documents like call trees, generating action items, analyzing information technology resilience and managing a plan over time.

Learn more about this important and helpful new tool on the Tar Heel Mission Ready web page. To get started, the Plan Administrator should complete the User Registration Form. Once your account has been created and access to your plan granted by the Risk Management team, you will receive a notification email with additional instructions. Our team is available to walk you through the process and can be reached at 919-962-9675 or risk@unc.edu.

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