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National Center for Campus Public Safety

Adaptive Continuity Planning: What the Industry Can Learn From Case Studies in Higher Education

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | 2:00–3:00 PM (ET)
Cost: Free
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | 1:00 PM (ET)

This April, Campus Public Safety Online welcomes Sarah J. Powell, director of emergency management at Temple University, and Emma Stocker, director of emergency management at Portland State University, to present Adaptive Continuity Planning: What the Industry Can Learn from Case Studies in Higher Education. In this webinar, Sarah and Emma share how they have each borrowed from the adaptive continuity model and customized it for their campus.

Continuity planning for higher education has thus far tracked closely to both the business and government sector models. The traditional business continuity approach, especially those favored by the corporate sector, encourage comprehensive data collection and time-consuming dependency mapping. But a new model, adaptive continuity, is beginning to gain some traction. An adaptive approach encourages continuity planners to borrow from the lessons of agile and lean methodologies and to take a more iterative, feedback-focused, and streamlined tack. Perhaps because so many continuity planners in higher education are also emergency managers, action-based planning with a pragmatic, results-oriented focus provides instant feedback and value. The goal with adaptive continuity planning is to rapidly identify how a department can increase their capabilities and immediately begin to support true recoverability — that is, the ability to continue operations in the face of any disruption.

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Sarah Powell (PDF) provides strategic direction, subject-matter expertise, and operational coordination for Temple University’s emergency management and mission continuity programs. She strives to set ambitious goals for advancement and innovation in emergency management in higher education and focuses on coalition-building both inside and outside the institution.

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Emma Stocker (PDF) has 11 years of experience in multi-hazard emergency management and continuity planning. She leads emergency planning and disaster preparedness efforts for Portland State University (PSU), coordinates the PSU Incident Management Team and Emergency Notification System, and assists departments with response and continuity planning.

Anyone who is frustrated by existing models for continuity planning or overwhelmed by the scope of work that traditional models present should attend this webinar to learn about adaptive continuity and how practitioners have grappled with this new approach. Those particularly interested may include senior campus administration, campus safety and security, emergency management, continuity planners, legal counsel, risk managers, disaster recovery personnel, and anyone else working to establish business continuity policies and procedures on campus.

Our Campus Public Safety Online webinars are free. Space is limited and registration is required to hold a seat. One person may register on behalf of a group of participants from one institution or organization. Live webinars are recorded, closed captioned, and made available for on-demand viewing in our webinar archives. Click below to register. The registration deadline is Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM ET.

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