Business Continuity

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

Business Continuity and Emergency Response planning is the process to ensure the appropriate response, continuation, and recovery of business functions in the event that an incident disrupts the 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.

All Faculties, departments and operational units are required to have a Business Continuity Plan and only certain departments conducting higher risk activities require Emergency Response Plans. 

Business Disruptions

The information below presents examples of situations that may constitute business disruptions. Depending on the severity, these may lead to the activation of the Business Continuity Plan.

  • Police event resulting in extended evacuation
  • Facilities failure that causes business disruption
  • Extended unplanned evacuation
  • Floods or major winter leaks
  • Severe weather
  • Power outages
  • Fire

Not a Business Disruption

The information below presents examples of situations that do not constitute business disruptions.

  • Fire alarm with no evacuation
  • Medical emergency
  • Workplace violence threat (individual level)
  • Building alarm which pages facilities management directly
  • Planned evacuation drills
  • Minor building issues