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This actually applies to more than just us Gulf Coast folks. The TP has a nice article covering what the cell vendors are doing to try and not repeat the systemic and catastrophic network failures they all suffered during/after Katrina & Rita.

Cellular firms bolster systems

Lessons? The standard DR/BC mantra:
+ Don't plan on lowest-cost vendors working properly in a serious disaster.
+ Being able to communicate with your employees & customers is just about more important than actually being able to conduct business.
+ DR/BC is a joint effort between the business folks and the tech folks. If you leave it to the tech folks, they'll be happy to show you that you can ping your primary servers in a disaster. This will not help you get your job done.
+ Decide beforehand what systems and people are critical. Plan how they'll be backed up/restored. Test the plan.
+ Make sure that critical employees' families are protected and taken care of. That's assuming you want employees to show up to save your company's backside.
+ Test your DR/BC plan - frequently.

I'm going to stop now, as I'm pretty sure that I could keep thinking of things to add to the list.
What? The fiber's down?
Verizon Wireless also moved its network facilities to the north shore.
But the major fiber-optic trunk line that connects each cell site to the Verizon network was strung on the Interstate 10 twin spans. When the bridges went down, the network's backbone was severed, Kimball said. Verizon has since added a third redundant connection to improve the survivability of the network links.

Comments (1)
Craig Wiseman June 4th, 2007 11:12:29 AM

1) Relying on cell phones in a disaster?
Michelle Teague (formerly Scarcella) 9/4/2007 10:03:13 PM

Hey Big Brother! Long time no see!

I have this picture as wallpaper on my laptop. I can see where my parent's house used to be.

How are the kids? Drop me a line sometime. I'd love to catch up!

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