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The Tar Heel Mission Ready newsletter is a monthly publication for University departments. The newsletter provides information and updates related to mission continuity, preparedness and planning. The information below provides an overview of the kinds of topics covered in the newsletter.

Building preparedness starts with you: the plan administrator. You play an important role in keeping the University and your department prepared for any disruptions that may occur.

Mission Continuity plans serve as the blueprint for each department and their ability to carry out functions critical to the mission of the University.

Mission Continuity plans consist of several blocks of information such as identifying critical business processes, potential applicable downtime and prioritization of restoration.

Building a successful Mission Continuity program is dependent on entities across the University working cohesively to achieve the University’s mission of teaching, research and public service. This is a means by which students, faculty, staff, community partners and emergency management can collectively understand and assess the needs of their respective areas and determine the best ways to build a resilient community.
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  • Resilience is a state of preparedness that gives us the capacity to withstand or recover quickly from an incident or disaster. The ultimate goal of Mission Continuity is to build resilience across the University.
  • Planning is a proactive business process that lets us understand potential risks and vulnerabilities before an incident occurs.
  • According to FEMA, risk management is an analysis of the probability and potential consequences a disruption could have on your department.
  • Preparation for emergency events pays off. According to FEMA, mitigation of potential impacts has the potential to save $4 for every $1 spent.
  • Recovery is a set of processes and techniques used to help the University recover from a disaster and continue or resume normal operations.
  • Compliance with local, state, and federal guidelines for emergency management is critical for emergency response and recovery capabilities.
  • Critical business functions are activities or processes that must be restored in the event of a disruption in order to meet the needs of the organization.

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