Reasons for Declaring a Disaster
By Robert Lupo, GM, TierPoint Jacksonville Facility and Operations
"Last July, we (TierPoint) wrote a post about the opening of the 2016 hurricane season. We (TierPoint) explained that this year is expected to be a “near normal” season, with 10 to 16 named storms in the Atlantic, including 1 to 4 major hurricanes. They wrote about what this means for businesses on the Atlantic Seaboard and the Gulf Coast, and how they should prepare themselves for possible hurricanes.
Hurricanes aren’t the only reason IT systems are compromised. Most parts of the United States are at risk for some kind of natural disaster. But it doesn’t take an earthquake to bring your business to a grinding halt. There are many more common occurrences in daily life that can cause an outage. Some of the ones we (TierPoint) see most frequently include:
- Power loss
- Premature system failures, resulting from a variety of reasons including overheating or poor ventilation
- Water from sprinklers or other sources
- User error
- Viruses or other security breaches"
As Huricane Matthew Moves Out, Zika Could Move In
Tribune Washington Bureau
By: Franco Ordonez
September 9. 2016
"WASHINGTON — As the waters from Hurricane Matthew recede, coastal residents from Florida to the Carolinas may have something else to worry about: Zika.
The high winds broke through screen doors and windows, knocked out power and left behind small and large bodies of standing water that could be new breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Scientists raised concerns that the Zika virus that has reached South Florida is now more of a threat to expand and move up the coast.
“It knocks a lot of stuff down so you just have a lot more things in which the mosquito can breed,” said Philip Stoddard, a Florida International University biology professor and the mayor of South Miami. “A damaged rain gutter, for instance, now becomes a rain collector. Every little object that blows off a house or even a chair flipped over on a porch becomes a container for mosquitoes to breed.”
Most adult mosquitoes won’t survive the gusts of wind, and flooding will wash away young mosquitoes. Those that survive, however, will lay new eggs near standing water that will hatch and grow over the next week."
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