To: Deans, Directors, and Department Heads

Warwick A. Arden and Mary Peloquin-Dodd
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and Interim Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration

Subject: Emergency Management and Mission Continuity Plans
Date: September 1, 2019


While the impact of an emergency or disruption is unpredictable, planning for such conditions can largely mitigate the effects to our facilities’ operations and allow us to continue our fulfillment of the university’s mission.  It is crucial we respond to a disaster or a major disruption of operations in a manner that ensures vital and essential functions continue with minimum interference. While the University’s Emergency Operations Plan acts as the master planning document, department-specific plans are necessary to gain organizational detail of critical processes, people, and property to provide for adequate preparation. Further, these plans are required documents for outside disaster management and support agencies – local, state, federal – to demonstrate the university’s mitigation efforts ahead of unplanned events.


PACK Ready Emergency Preparedness and Continuity Plans exist for 140 critical services, departments and academic units. These plans provide for the continuance of critical processes in the event an emergency thwarts facility operations, access to information technology resources or infrastructure, loss of human resources and/or the university experiences a long-term power-outage.


Coordinated by the Department of Emergency Management and Mission Continuity (EMMC), PACK Ready plans are predicated on comprehensive risk assessment information of possible impacts to NC State University.  Potential risks are used to develop and continually devise unit-specific plans to assist the university fulfill its mission and to define procedures in place that reduce exposure to these vulnerabilities/threats, as well as evaluate their probability of occurrence.


Completed plans are subject to annual review and testing, and will require signature by the Department Head/Director, Vice Chancellor, Vice Provost, or Dean. EMMC coordinates plan testing and unit updates bi-annually or more frequently if appropriate. Delinquent plans or exercise schedules will be escalated to the Emergency Planning and Mission Continuity Steering Committee for discussion.  Any questions regarding PACK Ready Planning efforts should be directed to Dr. Amy Orders, (, (919.515.5208).


We appreciate your continued participation in planning efforts.

3D Memo Information

Subject Emergency Management and Mission Continuity Plans

Warwick A. Arden and Mary Peloquin-Dodd
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and Interim Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration

Fiscal Year
Effective Date September 1, 2019
Category Governance and Administration