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Preparing for a hurricane - home and office - Round 2

By Darryl~ Moderator ·
08/26/2009 - NOAA just upgraded the latest depression in the Atlantic to Tropical Storm Danny. This storm looks like it will bother a few more people as it is forecast to brush the coasts of NC, CT, RI, MA, NH & ME this weekend before making landfall in the Canadian Mairtimes.

So Nova Scotia gets to have a replay of "last" Sunday, "this" Sunday, except instead of brushing the coast, it's forecast to come in the Bay of Fundy which puts Truro on the "windy" side.

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08/24/2009 - We just received a lot of wind and rain but not much damage in our area.

****something we failed to check before the storm****

We didn't check the UPS's - 3 failed to function proper.
One took out the phone system & it had to be reprogrammed before we had phones this morning. The other 2 were non-critical systems which just prevented backups to the GIS & AutoCAD servers.

Still lots of waves at Peggy's Cove :)

http://www.peggyscovewebcam.ca/live/
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08/23/2009 - Noon Sunday....

It's here....vertical rain and all.
Looks like it will touch Halifax this afternoon (60 miles from Truro)

For those interested in seeing some wave action, below is a link to Peggy's Cove Lighthouse just outside Halifax. Set the refresh rate for 2s. The sites been coming and going, they've been getting some lightening strikes so they may have power issues.

http://www.peggyscovewebcam.ca/live/

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08/21/2009 - The US & Canadian Hurricane centers just put us under a Tropical Storm Warning & Hurricane Watch so I guess we're not going to avoid this one.

The plan is to leave the servers up while we still have power. The remote sites (water treatment plants, etc) are "on their own" unless major damage happens at one of them, they all have generators to keep the systems running but we'll lose data if we shut down our servers at the courthouse (the municipality's office).

Two of us are within walking distance to the office (actually, that's my "safe place" so I may be there anyway).

They are forecasting a storm surge at high tide. We're at the end of the Bay of Fundy with the highest tides in the world & the highest tides of the year occur tomorrow during the surge...about 3" of rain should be down by then with another 3" possible after (can you spell disaster?).Flooding "shouldn't" be an issue at the office but it is for me at home...I have a walking route that can keep me on "high ground" and the other person walks "from" high ground....just much further....we're it for the IT dept. as the Network Admin is too far out of town, she can connect remotely if we have power.

The UPS is good for about 4 hours but no A/C power backup....our current temperature is 91.3 and a "feel like" of 112.6....tomorrow is supposed to be a little cooler.

Any suggestions from the people in the Southern US? (thanks Nick & jck, I read yours & it was helpful...do you have anything to add?).

And yes Sonja, my camera batteries are charged...I'll get some before & afters....maybe even the TR flag flying "during".

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08/20/2009 - Well the first "bad boy" of the season is planning to pay Nova Scotia a visit on Sunday, his name is Bill (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/)....right now they say the "best case" is winds of about 75 mph & 4 inches of rain....we won't talk about the "worst case" right now, but it's winds about 140 mph (I could race Scummy on his bike with a skateboard & a sail ) and a lot of damage.

So we do the normal things at home....have 3 20lb tanks of propane filled, lots of water, food, cash, etc.

At work, we make sure we get a full backup & put the tapes in the vault at the bank....we'll shut down "non-critical" systems Friday before leaving work....everyone will have a fully charged cell phone. We have a disaster recovery plan that is up-to-date & we follow it.

What does everyone else do to prepare when you "know" a disaster is most likely going to happen?

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You can always put some

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to Not planting...

"roots" in the cellar....just in case they're needed for a "stormy" day

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Hmmm -- unless I decide to

by The Scummy One In reply to Preparing for a hurricane ...

change into 4th gear :^0
Well, for that race, I think I could stay in 3rd

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Well actually.....

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to Hmmm -- unless I decide t ...

Bill's being predicted between a Cat 3 & a Cat 4....don't know how that relates to the gears on your bike....but I do know there is no such thing as a Cat 6 I think you have one of them on the bike :)

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What do I do?

by The Scummy One In reply to Preparing for a hurricane ...

I dont pay attention until it hits. Then I dont gotta think about planning. However, there usually is no warning for an earthquake anyway.

Actually, I keep water and dried food in an emergency container. I have enough items to create emergency shelter when needed (outside, and in the garage). Everything I have in a power tool, I also have in a (ughh) manual tool. I have easy access to my firearms (1 is loaded) (unless the house collapses), and flashlights/lanters/blankets, etc..

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Well see...I was thinking about you people out west too

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to What do I do?

I know there's no warning for earthquakes....but geez....CA & BC get bad a$$ fires.....you know ahead of time when they are coming.

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yeah, but there are other routes to/from

by The Scummy One In reply to Well see...I was thinking ...

the bay area when a big fire hits.
Right now there are a few (or last I checked), hasnt slowed too many down.

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Good point....we have nowhere to run....

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to yeah, but there are other ...

The storm is about 400 miles wide...NS is about 100.....Boxy had the idea....dig a hole.

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Nyah-nyah, missed us!

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Preparing for a hurricane ...

The coastal towns recommended staying out of the water because of possible rip currents, but that and the usual erosion will be our only effects.

I used to live closer to the coast, and used to be in the National Guard. Both caused me to pay close attention because of the potential personal damage and the possibility of civil duties. Now that I'm out of the Guard and living further inland, I still pay attention but it's with less urgency. Most of my interest now centers on the possibility of impact to Wilmington, NC, where my parents live (and flee from to my house).

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Yeah, but you get them far more often than us...

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to Nyah-nyah, missed us!

So, back to my question....I think we all know what to do from a "personal" standpoint...food, water, all that stuff....but what about at work? With something like a hurricane you have a number of days to prepare. I guess my problem is that too often we just watch the projected path & hope it misses us & we don't really do much until the last minute or sometimes even during or after the fact.

This time it looks like it will most likely hit us (or we'll at least feel the effects) and I expect the power to be out for awhile. In the past, we've always waited for the power to go out, and stay out for a couple hours, before downing the servers. The A/C in the server room goes out with the power so with the temperatures we've been getting lately (80's & high humidity) we wouldn't have much time before things overheat.

You're down south & deal with this on a yearly basis I would think. What do you do at work to prepare when you know you'll get hit?

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Before Hugo (20 years ago next month)

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Yeah, but you get them fa ...

We shut everything down in advance. Waiting until the power goes out requires hanging around, and I like to boogie as soon as the evacuation orders come out.

We shrink-wrapped a couple of DEC minis before Hugo. Shut 'em down, disconnected everything, used a fork lift to put each on a pallet, wrapped them in plastic, and stuck them up on a warehouse rack three feet off the floor. Maintenance shut down the power before leaving the building, twenty-four hours before estimated landfall.

It was four days before anyone could get back in the building, another before the plant manager brought in a recovery crew, and about two weeks before we resumed normal manufacturing operations.

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