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Sep 02
2013

Southern Alberta Flooding Lessons

Posted by Vicki Thomas in Natural Disasters , Calgary Floods

Vicki Thomas

In 2005, citizens of Southern Alberta were deeply impacted by what Environment Canada named the "top weather event of the year"... And yes, we're talking about heavy flooding that resulted in 14 municipalities declaring a state of emergency. Residents of Canmore, High River and Calgary were evacuated...

Sounds kind of similar doesn't it to the experiences of Southern Alberta citizens this past summer... In mid-June, the province and in particular the communities of Calgary, High River and Canmore were hit once again with severe flooding. Flooding that resulted in the closure of downtown Calgary, emergency evacuations of people from their homes, closure of businesses, deaths, and the complete loss of homes and businesses. 

Aug 29
2013

Presidential proclamation: National Preparedness Month

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Untagged 

Jarrett F Potts

President Obama made the proclamation in 2012 that September is “National Preparedness Month.” What does that mean to you? As an IT professional, it means now is the ideal time to come up with a plan for your IT environment.

We all talk about it, but do you really have a plan that will save your data? Do you really have a plan that will get you and your company back to work in a reasonable amount of time?

Aug 26
2013

Backup quarterbacks and disaster plans

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Untagged 

Jarrett F Potts

In professional sports today, the coach always has a “plan B.” In the NFL, those are called backup quarterbacks. There is even a backup to the backup. In football, however, they know and understand that a player can get hurt on any play. They might not know how or when, but they know it’s coming.

 

Aug 20
2013

The National Preparedness Month 2013 Toolkit

Posted by Ed Sterrett in Untagged 

Ed Sterrett

September is National Preparedness Month! Here are the "official" toolkits provided by FEMA- 

Aug 13
2013

Emergency Preparedness, Zombie Style!

Posted by Ed Sterrett in Untagged 

Ed Sterrett

From the Centers for Disease Control’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response

 (seriously)

Aug 12
2013

DRJ Fall World - Sunday Solutions Track

Posted by Vicki Thomas in DRJ Fall World

Vicki Thomas

Can you believe it is the middle of August? Not only does this time of the year signal the winding down of summer (sorry!) it also means it is time to really start thinking about your September plans. 

For us here at DRJ, September is all about DRJ Fall World. This year DRJ Fall World runs from September 22 - 25 in San Diego, California. If you've been following our posts about DRJ Fall World, you'll have read about the outstanding learning and networking sessions we have for you this year. 

Aug 08
2013

Do you have a TARDIS? A STORServer might just be the next best thing.

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in recovery , disaster recovery testing , disaster recovery plan

Jarrett F Potts

This blog written in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who and YouTube’s Geek Week.

If you can’t travel back in time, you better know you can recover your data.

Aug 07
2013

Recovery based cloud offerings are a shell game!

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Cloud Servers , Cloud Server , Cloud Security , Cloud Provider , Cloud Hosting , Cloud Computing , Cloud

Jarrett F Potts
Recovery based offerings cost so much more than they tell you.  They only show you the tip of the ICEBERG

 I have seen many a cloud offering to backup and recover your data for as low as $.01 per Gigabyte ($10.24 a TB) per month.  BUT that is only the tip of the iceberg. 

 Backup and recovery is really all about the recovery.  All the fancy backup in the world does not do you any good unless you can recover that data, quickly and easily.

Aug 01
2013

More than a Plan: Establishing a Disaster Recovery Program

Posted by Courtney Bowers in Disaster Recovery , Business Continuity , Avalution Blogs

Courtney Bowers

By Glen Bricker, Avalution Consulting
Originally posted on Avalution Consulting’s Blog

Many organizations think having a disaster recovery plan is all the protection they need from disasters. However, there is so much more to disaster recovery than just a plan! That’s why most industry professionals see disaster recovery as an ongoing program or process that contains a number of distinct elements. Key process activities include:

Jul 29
2013

Traumatic Incident Stress: No Good Deed..

Posted by Ed Sterrett in Untagged 

Ed Sterrett

..goes unpunished, they say. Nowhere is that more true than with those who respond to disasters- natural or man-made, where death and severe injury is present.  These workers are at risk of experiencing stress from what psychologists refer to as a traumatic incident. A traumatic incident is one that may involve exposure to catastrophic events, severely injured children or adults, dead bodies or body parts, or a loss of colleagues. All workers involved in response activities help themselves and their coworkers and reduce the risk of experiencing stress associated with a traumatic incident by utilizing simple methods to recognize, monitor, and maintain health on-site and following such experiences.  

A Personal Case Study

As emergency responders, we often feel a need to “be brave”, impervious to the bad things we see, stoic in the face of tragedy. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The very parts of our nature that drive us to respond to disasters- to help those most affected- also prevents us from turning a completely blind eye to what we witness. We may fool ourselves for a while, but sooner or later, it will surface.