A fire extinguisher.

Fire Drills

Recently I completed a disaster recovery plan for a friend. I updated the steps in their building evacuation workbook, developed an emergency call list and found they had a great start on their computer backups process but we found a large gap in the recovery portion of their plan.

They had a wonderful automated backup policy, each computer running a backup planA fire extinguisher. across their network to a file server that then burns the whole lot to a tape at the end of each week. They even tested their plan, recovering a computer from the daily network backup and from the weekly tape – I was delighted.

It was when we were going through the table-top exercise with the IT staff that we noticed the potential for a problem. The event card in the Table-top was titled “wildfire destroys whole complex” to which one of the IT Staff replied with a shrug, “We’ll just restore from the backups.”

I countered with, “Foom! The whole complex. Computers, network, file server, tapes..” The IT Staff collectively paled and stared blankly at each other.

So we added in a plan for offsite storage of their weekly tapes.

~Geof “FOOM!” Franklin

Researching ways to improve scientist’s access to data. Programming software to solve humanity’s problems. Disseminating emergency preparedness knowledge. Sharing knowledge about science. Practicing amateur radio. Serving humanity through volunteer efforts. Drives a robot to work.


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