RIT is potentially subject to natural and man-made incidents that could threaten its community and resources. In an overall effort to protect the university’s mission, RIT has developed the Comprehensive Business Continuity Program as a proactive means of preparing for and responding to unplanned interruptions both small and larger scale.
The program is a combination of emergency management and continuity of operations, as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). RIT uses FEMA standards and guidance for two reasons: to better interact with governmental agencies (state and local emergency management, police, fire, EMS, HAZMAT), and to meet NIMS compliance standards due to receiving federal funding.
Emergency management protects the RIT community by coordinating and integrating activities (both internal and external to RIT) needed to build, sustain and improve capabilities to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from threatened or actual natural or human-caused distasters.
Mitigation - actions taken to prevent future emergencies or minimize their effects
Preparedness - ongoing activities, tasks and systems taken in preparation to handle emergencies and their consequences
Response - Assignment of resources and personnel to take action in order to save lives, prevent further damage and deal with the immediate consequences of an emergency
Recovery - Actions taken to return to "normal" operations after an emergency
Continuity of operations are those plans and actions to ensure that essential functions continue to be performed at acceptable levels during and emergency. Essential functions are prioritized overall by their need in supporting the program priorities (life safety, health/basic care, asset protection, services, damage assessment, operations).
Key Results Areas
1. Community First
Understanding that people are the most important element to any program, encourage participation and understanding at all levels of the university
Provide communication and education programs that provide useful information and that encourage trust in the organization as well as in themselves
Ensure that the needs of all community members are taken into account
Promote a culture that values community bonds and capability of self-organization, minimizing the top-down, hierarchical approach to response and recovery.
Promote the idea that individuals are the first, first responders who will not panic at the onset of a disaster
Base planning for response and recovery on capability development using an all-hazards approach
3. Mutual Aid and Support
Engage with community responders and planners to the fullest extent possible
Participate in local exercises and training programs
All elements of the program including response, incident management, crisis communications and recovery will be integrated ensuring the full continuum of an incident is addressed
As no operation works in a vacuum; the program will ensure that the enterprise is viewed holistically, connecting vertical and horizontal dependencies across all operations
RIT Alert is used to immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, faculty and staff occurring on or near campus. Please visit RIT Emergency Information for additional information.
Forms, Links, and Newsletters
Below, we have provided our Continuity of Operations/Disaster Recovery Plan as well as many informational links to help RIT stay informed.
The Business Continuity Department facilitates guidance to Colleges and departments developing their plans and capabilities that enable RIT to respond to incidents quickly and return to normal operations as soon as possible with the least amount of impact to the campus community. The effectiveness of this program is dependent on the preparedness of Colleges and mission critical service departments for unexpected events and disasters that could impact the mission of RIT.