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MIT Business Continuity Management Team (BCMT)

Business Continuity Management Team

  • About the BCMT
  • History
  • Membership
  • Supporting MIT: Recovery Plan
  • Resources

Teams in the BCMT

About the BCMT
MIT's Business Continuity Management Team ( BCMT) represents the organizations that provide the critical "business" functions of the Institute. In the event of a major problem developing on campus, the BCMT will work through the  Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the Executive Emergency Committee (EEC) to coordinate recovery resource requirements and support and to provide a source of information on the problem and its resolution to senior management of the Institute. See MIT Emergency Information

The BCMT was created in 1987 as part of a strategy to provide recovery capability for critical MIT Administrative processing. At that time, a risk assessment had identified a number of critical business systems, such as Payroll, Freshman Admissions and Registrar's Office processing that mandated MIT's development of recovery plans.

Following the concept that MIT had a supporting infrastructure that would be called into action in the event of a major disaster, those infrastructure organizations were enlisted as members of the original BCMT. Each provided procedures that became part of the MIT Business Continuity Plan (available in the Recovery Plan Library).

In 2003, the BCMT organization was changed to reflect the new Emergency Management structure, which encompassed most of the functionality of the original BCMT membership. The new BCMT organization is composed of the FARM (Functional Area Recovery Management) team coordinators from each of the business units with recovery plans along with the IS&T support functions,

In recognition of the importance and cross-functional nature of the BCMT, it initially reported to the Senior Vice President of the Institute. The BCMT currently reports to the Executive Vice President through the Managing Director for Risk and Environmental Programs. The BCMT is represented on both the EOC and the EEC by the BCMT Coordinator.


  • Core business unit organizations (FARM Teams)
  • FARM Team direct support service organizations

The BCMT is expanding its membership to ensure it meets the needs of the Academic and Research communities. This will enable Departments, Labs and Centers to take advantage of the existing recovery infrastructure offered by the BCMT in planning for unforeseen events in their areas. Membership will continue to change to reflect the ongoing mission of the BCMT and its role as a campus-wide coordination vehicle for disaster recovery and restoration of critical business functions. Refer to the BCMT Directory for a complete list of current members. 

Supporting MIT: Recovery Plan

The BCMT provides guidance to MIT's "business" units in the development of their own recovery plans and procedures. Templates for plan documentation are available on this web site, as are copies of existing recovery plans and procedures (for MIT Internal Use Only).

The Recovery Plan Library (MIT Internal use only) contains copies of MIT's Business Continuity Plan and the Functional Area Recovery Management Team (FARM) plans.

Public versions of our planning documents are also available.


Departments, Labs and Centers can consult about hazard reduction through the Environmental Health & Safety Office and Campus Police, for example, and consult about plan development with the The EPO Emergency Managment Program Planning office.

The following MIT organizations are part of the EOC and can provide assistance in the risk reduction and recovery planning efforts for your DLC.

EOC member organizations that can provide assistance and guidance:

  • MIT Police
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Facilities
  • News Office
  • Telecommunication Support
  • Information Systems & Technology
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Office
  • Medical Department
  • Residential Life
  • The following business units have, or are developing recovery plans and may be able to provide you with examples and guidance based upon their own recovery planning efforts.

    Mail lists have been set up for the BCMT <bcmt at> . In addition, individuals can be contacted directly by referring to the BCMT Directory page.

    For help developing your recovery plan or information about the BCMT and recovery planning at MIT, contact Bill VanSchalkwyk at the Environmental Programs Office <billv at> 253-9492 in N52-496.

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