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Business Continuity

What Is Business Continuity Planning?

Business continuity planning is the capacity to maintain functional operations during or shortly following disruptive events, and the capability to effectively resume business functions and research activities after such an event. Through planning efforts, university departments are ready to meet the challenges of any disruption.

UTSA Business Continuity Program

In order to assist university departments meet their planning needs, the UTSA Office of Risk & Emergency Management has developed a business impact analysis and recovery survey tool to assist academic and administrative offices map their critical operations and begin the planning process.

The components identified in the survey are applicable to any academic or administrative department. Departmental surveys are designed to identify critical functions, policies, vulnerabilities, and recovery procedures. Participation in the Business Continuity Program will help ensure the continued or uninterrupted operation and services of The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Departments are encouraged to discuss and identify core functions and recovery processes internally to best determine solutions and best practices. All questions are to be answered for the department for all locations. The UTSA Office of Risk & Emergency Management is available to assist departments throughout the planning process.

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UTSA Office of Risk & Emergency Management

Lorenzo Sanchez

Lorenzo D. Sanchez, Ph.D.

Dr. Lorenzo D. Sanchez is the Director of Risk & Emergency Management for the University of Texas at San Antonio, Police Department. Dr. Sanchez comes to UTSA from the City of San Antonio - Office of Emergency Management, where he developed and coordinated emergency response plans for the San Antonio urban area, facilitated EOC partner workgroups, and provided support to the Chief of Emergency Management and the Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator.

Prior to his appointment with the City of San Antonio, Dr. Sanchez held additional emergency management positions for Miami-Dade County (Department of Emergency Management), URS Corporation (Emergency Management Program), and the City of Austin (Austin Energy Emergency Management). Dr. Sanchez’ emergency management experience include responding to incidents, such as statewide power outages, wildfires, public health outbreaks (H1N1), severe weather, flooding, Tropical Storm Fay, Tropical Storm Hermine, Hurricane Hanna, Hurricane Ike, and many large special events.

Dr. Sanchez holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science ‘03) degree from UTSA, Master of Public Administration (MPA ‘06) from the University of North Texas in Denton, and a PhD in Applied Demography (‘18) from UTSA. Lorenzo enjoys traveling, working on his house, and likes spending time outdoors with friends, family, and his dog Heidi.

Contact Information:  (210) 458-6851 or

Elizabeth Rodriguez-Santo

Elizabeth Rodriguez-Santo

Mrs. Elizabeth Rodriguez-Santo is the Risk & Emergency Management Specialist for The University of Texas at San Antonio. Mrs. Rodriguez-Santo will provide oversight of all emergency preparedness educational initiatives, to include management of the Floor Captain Program, staff/faculty outreach, training and exercise programs, social media, and will serve as a critical key player in the Emergency Operations Center. Prior to working for UTSA, she worked at Spurs Sports and Entertainment where she was part of the event command team.

Mrs. Rodriguez-Santo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Administration & Planning ( ’15) and a Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (’16) from the University of North Texas. Elizabeth enjoys traveling with her husband, and kick ball with her dog Nala.

Contact Information:   (210) 458-3668 or