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In the event of a disaster, the university must be able to carry on its critical functions. If those functions require technical resources, a recovery plan must be in place and tested to ensure effective response and a timely return to normal operations.

Survivability is the capability to maintain or quickly recover critical business functions after a disaster or adverse event. The Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) is intended to minimize the effects of an event, reduce financial loss, continue essential services and expedite the return to normalcy. The Disaster Recovery Plan is the technology component of the COOP. The plan describes the procedures to provide the technology processes that support  essential services during an emergency and detail how the infrastructure will return to regular operations within an acceptable time frame. A documented COOP and Disaster Recovery Plan should reduce confusion during an emergency and enhance the ability to deal with the crisis.