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Enterprise Information System Committee

Executive Summary for Business Continuity


Central Washington University currently has an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that is designed to maximize human safety and survival, identify and minimize danger, preserve and protect property and critical infrastructure, provide for internal and external communication and restore normal activities after an event or emergency.  However, this plan does not address a process for ensuring the continued availability of our critical business processes in the event of a natural or manmade disaster. The continuation of business-critical processes is addressed in a Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

EOPs are developed for coordinating the University department’s response to specific types of incidents. The plans and responses are tactical in nature, in that the majority of the incidents will last a very short period of time and are brought under control rather quickly. A more serious incident may require a response from university departments which can last two or three days and may involve outside agencies such as local fire and police. The emergency response plan takes into consideration these possibilities and emergency housing and food provisions are in place to address these types of issues. Emergency response plans addresses the incident and the time period immediately after the incident in order to return critical university operations to a minimum level. In addition, the recovery phase of the EOP begins in close proximity of the response phase, to ensure CWU remain aware of future considerations while dealing with the on-going emergency.

BCPs on the other hand are strategic in nature and are concerned with returning the university to full normal operations as soon as possible after an incident. This type of plan addresses the aftermath of a critical incident and ensures the university is in a position to continue to operate and sustain long term recovery. The plan must address the loss of productivity and any physical damage resulting from an incident while normal services and operations are being restored. While departments such as Facilities, Campus Safety and Student Affairs will normally be the lead departments in a critical incident response, Academic Affairs, Finance, Facilities Management, Security Services, Government Relations and Information Technology Services are the university offices most often responsible for carrying out the aspects of the BCP.

The primary objective of a Business Continuity Plan is to assess and plan for risks and impacts from the perspective of the business and the critical processes that sustain the life-blood of our institution.

Sponsoring Department(s):  Security Services      

Date of Business Case Preparation:       9/24/2013

Contact Person Name/Phone:  Andreas Bohman / 2499


Posted 11-2013