Emergency response and business continuity planning is the process to ensure the appropriate response, continuation and recovery of business functions in the event that an incident disrupts University's ability to operate. Floods, fires, power outages, blizzards, major computer system outages and water main breaks are examples of unanticipated events that can have a devastating impact on the University unless preparation has taken place.

The purpose of emergency response and business continuity planning is to document a preplanned sequence of tasks and resources to assist University of Washington Bothell in the response and continuation of operations.

The BARC program uses Husky Ready as the primary enterprise-level business continuity package for all University of Washington locations, both foreign and domestic. Click here to be taken to the Husky Ready website.

What is Business Continuity?

The National Fire Prevention Association defines business continuity as follows. Business Continuity is an ongoing process supported by senior management and funded to ensure that the necessary steps are taken to identify the impact of potential losses, maintain viable recovery strategies, recovery plans, and continuity of services.

What is Academic Continuity?

Academic continuity is the process of planning to ensure that instruction continues after a disruptive incident. Academic continuity is intended to reduce disruptions in the faculty’s ability to provide instruction and the student’s ability to receive instruction. Academic continuity promotes principles that provide graduate students with assurances that their work will be safe and available to them in the event of a campus disruption.

Academic continuity planning benefits faculty by reducing the recovery time from disruptions and by reducing the risk of the disruption itself. Academic continuity planning benefits students by assuring that a disruptive incident will not cause a delay in academic progress.

What is Research Continuity?

Research continuity is the process of ensuring that research projects will endure after a disruption in services. This is done by planning and migratory steps that protect; the researcher, data, research subjects, equipment, records, and critical supplies that may be impacted by a disruption. A disruption in services may include events such as a power failure, communication disruptions, or an inability to access your workplace due to safety or transportation issues.

The following table presents examples of situations that may constitute business disruptions. Depending on the severity, these may lead to the activation of the Business Continuity Plan. The table also presents examples of what would not normally constitute a business disruption.

Business Disruption

Not a Business Disruption

  • Extended unplanned evacuation
  • Power outages
  • Floods or major water leaks
  • Fire
  • Severe weather
  • Police / crime event that results in extended evacuation
  • Any facilities failure that causes business disruption
  • Fire alarm with short evacuation
  • Medical emergency
  • Workplace violence threat (Individual Level)
  • Building alarm which pages facilities management directly
  • Planned evacuation drills
  • Minor building issues

In addition to this plan, there are other teams and plans available to assist with response and business continuity. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Emergency Response Plan (used by the Emergency Operations Group)
  • Crisis Management Plan (used by the Crisis Management Team)
  • Crisis Communications Plan (used by the Crisis Communication Team)

IT Disaster Recovery Plan (for recovering IT systems and functions)