Continuity and Hazard Planning

Continuity Planning

UMass 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 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)
  • Service interruption due to equipment or systems failure (such as IT systems failure)

Whatever the emergency or event, The University's goal is to be ready so that we can continue our teaching, research and public service mission with minimal interruption.

Hazard Mitigation

Across the United States, natural and human-caused disasters have led to increased levels of injuries, property damage, and interruption of University, business and government services. The time, money, and efforts to recover from these disasters exhaust resources, diverting attention from important University and public programs. With several statewide gubernatorial and presidential disaster declarations in recent history, the University recognized the impact of disasters on their community and concluded that proactive efforts needed to be taken to reduce the impact of natural and human-caused hazards.

The University is currently developing an All-Hazards Mitigation Plan.  This project is being funded by a grant allocated by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.