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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Valarie Smith
Executive Secretary
713-743-3847
vmsmith2@uh.edu

Ginger Walker Presents at State Office of Risk Management's Continuity Council

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Houston, Feb. 8, 2019 —University of Houston Emergency Management Specialist Ginger Walker gave a presentation at a recent meeting of the State Office of Risk Management's Continuity Council Higher Education Group in Austin.

Walker, who works in UH's Office of Emergency Management, discussed starting a Continuity of Operations Planning Program from scratch without any expense to the agency creating it.

The program at UH has been building since 2007 and continues to grow each year. Many institutions of higher education have a difficult time getting their various departments to understand the importance of continuity planning on their campus.

Walker explained the grassroots of the program from the department level templates to the college/division level templates, and then the development of UH's Continuity of Operations Plan. She shared the varying leadership involvement with the program, as well as the policy that helps to reinforce the program.

The highlight of the presentation was when she explained that the templates and resources were all developed without the use of any special software. In addition, through lessons learned from past experiences including Hurricane Harvey, the program continues to grow every year.

When it comes to continuity planning, UH Office of Emergency Management's Continuity of Operations Program is becoming a leader in the higher education.


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