Building a Business Continuity Plan


Risk Assessment Planning & Inventory Partners Action Train & Exercise After Action Reports
Conduct a department risk assessment

Include continuity coverage
for risks identified and all hazards

Mitigate risks where possible
  • Evacuation
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Technology
  • Equipment
  • Mission Essential
  • Functions
  • Mutual Aid
  • Relocation
  • Vital Records
Continuity of Operations Plan

Service lending departments

Mutual aid agreements

Preferred providers

Resume mission essential functions

Stay coordinated with staff, students, vendors public


Distribute plan

Update annually

Conduct an annual tabletop exercise

Chronicle event

Review response

Identify lessons learned

Update plan


A risk assessment should precede the drafting of a Marquette University Business Continuity Plan. This will allow offices to isolate or mitigate some of their identified risks. A second benefit to this process is an increased awareness of potential threats, which subsequently influences the continuity response.


Checklist for Building a Business Continuity Plan

  • Complete a risk assessment
  • Review the Marquette University Business Continuity Plan (BCP)
  • Complete the Business Continuity Annex
        • Promulgation
        • Planning assumptions
        • Leadership and succession
        • Relocation team
        • Evacuation, shelter, lock down
        • Call tree
        • Communication
        • Vital records identification and protection
        • Computers, redundancy, software
        • Relocation and space requirements
        • Equipment inventory
        • Mutual aid agreements
        • Prioritize mission essential functions
        • Implementing mission essential functions
        • Continuity staff roster
  • Distribute the plan to leaders
  • Post department BCP to the university Continuity SharePoint site
  • Train, test, exercise
  • Update plan each October