Continuity Planning

Course Description:

What types of disasters might impact the community you serve?

Can you continue critical services no matter what happens?  

Attend this free 1-day course with follow-up consultation sessions to learn more.

Why plan for continuity? 
A continuity plan allows your organization to maintain or quickly resume operation after a service interruption. A continuity plan ensures that you will have the right information to help gather needed resources and work through important decisions when an emergency occurs.

What will I gain?

By completing this training, you will gain: 

  • Foundational knowledge on planning for emergencies
  • Sample plans and templates to immediately get started with your planning
  • Consultation sessions to complete your continuity plan
  • A strategy for training staff and testing the plan

Who should attend this course?

This course is for community-based organizations (CBOs), and social service and healthcare providers, serving vulnerable populations within the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region* such as:

  • youth
  • older adults
  • residents with disabilities
  • those with linguistic or cultural isolation
  • low income
  • homeless

*Includes Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop.

 Learning Objectives:

By the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify a personal and organizational learning goal.
  2. Discuss the importance of continuity planning and how it links to business plans and operations.
  3. Describe steps in a typical continuity planning process.
  4. Identify and prioritize risks to address in the continuity plan.
  5. Apply the recommended strategies and best practices to draft a completed continuity plan, using sample plans and templates provided, along with additional post-course technical assistance as needed.
  6. Summarize the process to hold a workplace exercise to test the organization’s continuity plan.
  7. Identify next steps to continue organizational continuity planning upon course completion.


Mea Allen, M.Ed.
Associate Director, Education & Training 
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Office of Public Health Preparedness 

Ashley Miller, MPH
Senior Program Manager, Instructional Design

DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Office of Public Health Preparedness

Michael Colanti, MBA, CEM
Associate Director, Planning & Operations

DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Office of Public Health Preparedness

This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 5.7 contact hours of nursing continuing education. 

The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is the Education & Training branch of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. In conjunction with Boston EMS, a bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission, the DelValle Institute provides high-quality all-hazards training and exercises to develop and enhance capabilities-based preparedness. This training is part of the Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region's training and exercise program, and is supported with federal funding from the US Department of Homeland Security's Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). For more information regarding DelValle Institute funding, please visit the funding page.

Course Dates

There are no upcoming deliveries of this course scheduled at this time.