Activation and Implementation

UIC's continuity plan activation begins at the discretion and authority of the Incident Commander (Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services or equivalent). The decision to activate the Campus COOP plan and University of Illinois Ready unit-level plans will be based upon Situational Reports (SITREPs) and upon the counsel of Chancellor/Vice Chancellor group, Legal Affairs, University Police, and, if appropriate, the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), along with other local and state emergency management agencies.  

Once the decision is made to activate the COOP branch of the ICS, a tiered time-phased approach will be used for implementation (from activation and management to de-escalation) of the COOP and University of Illinois Ready plans, whereby key Campus resources (equipment, supplies, personnel, teams, etc.) are deployed based on priority/criticality levels, with other essential resources to follow as needed. This is useful in identifying critical tasks and interdependencies of those tasks, but also to identify the critical path or sequence of activities that need to occur to effectively execute the recovery response sequence.

The Campus COOP plan can be activated either simultaneously with or subsequently to the activation of UIC’s All-Hazards EOP. Activation is not required for all threats or emergencies. It is an event-driven process, which allows for a flexible and scalable response to the full spectrum of major adverse events that could disrupt operations at the Chicago campus with or without warning, at any hour.

In some cases, UIC will receive lead time for COOP plan implementation, based on known or anticipated threats and emergencies that allow the appropriate alert, notification, and pre-positioning of resources to facilitate prompt recovery of operations before the event takes place (e.g., pandemic, seasonal heat wave or flooding, civil unrest, terrorist threat).  However, activation of the COOP plan subsequent to an unanticipated threat or emergency (e.g, earthquake, tornado, fire, terrorist attack), may be preceded by little to no warning. As such, the campus must be on alert at all times and take the necessary proactive steps to ensure the campus is resilient and ready to continue providing its highest priority critical functions.