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Hurricane Irene Threatens US Northeast; Cover Your Assets 202

jfruhlinger writes "Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the heavily populated U.S. Northeast Corridor. If you work in IT, you know that there are few things that are worse for electronics than water; so, what's your plan? Tom Henderson has come up with a checklist, which sensibly includes backing everything up, twice; not that you have time for it now, but for future reference you might want to consider just moving your whole data center to a location that's been conveniently pre-hardened, like a water tower or a boiler room." Note that Irene has been no joke in the Caribbean; in Puerto Rico (with relatively modern infrastructure), about a third of the island lost power.
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Hurricane Irene Threatens US Northeast; Cover Your Assets

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  • by jonadab ( 583620 ) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @03:26PM (#37210814) Homepage Journal
    Yeah, no worries here, either. I live in central Ohio (close enough to the Mississippi/St.Lawrence continental divide that I've actually crossed it while walking the dog really -- yes, really), and I estimate that for a hurricane to get this far inland, this far north, and this far above sea level, not to mention crossing the entire Appalachian mountain system, with any significant punch left, the storm in question would have to be at least a category twelve, probably more like fifteen, on the scale where Katrina was a mere five. If that happens, keeping electronics operational will be the least of our worries. The whole eastern seaboard would be under more than a thousand feet of water.

    Frankly, a severe blizzard in August is more likely.
  • by characterZer0 ( 138196 ) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @03:55PM (#37211242)

    If you cannot restore your backups without an Internet connection, you do not have backups.

  • Re:Puerto Rico (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Grishnakh ( 216268 ) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @04:05PM (#37211366)

    Wood is a shitty construction material.

    Tell that to all the people in Haiti, who still haven't recovered from the earthquake there a couple years ago. Or the people in various other 3rd-world cities where everything's made of concrete and they didn't think earthquakes were a concern until one hit.

    Concrete is a terrible construction material, unless you reinforce it with a lot of steel. But steel's expensive compared to plain concrete.

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