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MIT Business Continuity Management Team:
Teams in the BCMT

Business Continuity Management Team

Teams in the BCMT

  • SIMTEST Team
  • FARM Teams


The SIMTEST team's purpose is to ensure MIT's readiness of MIT to respond to disasters by planning and executing disaster scenarios on an annual basis. These can be live exercises, such as the 1998 evacuation of E17, E18 and E19 as part of a HAZ-MAT exercise, or tabletop simulations such as a residence fire simulation in 1999. Test dates are not revealed until the time of the actual event. They may be live exercises, including building evacuations and/or simulated injuries or tabletop exercises.

The Simulation Testing team (SIMTEST) consists of a permanent group, which is augmented as required by individuals, from the area to be exercised, to facilitate coordination and effectiveness of the simulation effort.

While individual response teams do train and conduct exercises on a regular basis, the SIMTEST team provides an opportunity for coordinated responses, often between units that have never had the opportunity to practice together.

The SIMTEST team's exercises focus on broader MIT needs, as opposed to testing in the Administrative sector only. However, as part of their normal responsibilities, administrative and other business units will continue to test their own recovery capabilities, both alone and in conjunction with Information Systems & Technology and their building neighbors.

The following organizations are permanent members of the SIMTEST Team:

  • Campus Police
  • Environmental Programs Office
  • Biology Department
  • Department of Facilities
  • Medical Department
  • School of Science
  • Environmental Health & Safety Office

FARM Teams

The FARM (Functional Area Recovery Management) Team offers specific procedures for an operational area's recovery of business functions and information and communications systems supporting that business.

FARM Templates are available in Microsoft Word format.


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