Business Continuity planning is an integral part of the Emergency Management cycle. Following an emergency, once the immediate life safety and property protection needs have been addressed, Business Continuity Plans (BCPs) will outline the recovery actions that need to take place to resume operations. All schools, divisions and departments are encouraged to draft BCPs to safeguard their essential programs and records, and to involve key stakeholders and financial managers in the planning process.

Washington University in St. Louis has recently adopted the use of Fusion software to aid in the BCP development process. The Fusion Framework® Continuity Risk Management System™ is the most advanced and easy-to-use system for comprehensive contingency planning and operational risk management.

The steps to creating and maintaining an effective BCP are:

  • A school or department contacts the Emergency Management (EM) Department about creating a continuity plan.
  • During an introductory meeting, EM staff will give an overview of continuity planning and provide a list of questions that the department should consider when starting their plan.
  • The school or department will appoint someone to serve as the department coordinator.
  • This coordinator will work with EM staff to outline key departmental areas to address and how to utilize the WashU business continuity software.
  • Once the plan is completed and approved, train employees on the plan and test it through an exercise.
  • Establish a schedule and process for updating the plan.

For specific information and guidance on developing a BCP for your area of work, contact the Emergency Management department at 314-747-5092 or

Authorized users my access Fusion here.