Here are some tips on how you can build a #hurricane proof #DataCenter ! A few companies are still managing and holding their own data centers. Whether you have outsourced your data storage, or have it in-house, they are subject to the natural elements and are in imminent danger of disasters such as hurricanes. 1. Backup power: Make sure your data center has a backup, power generator system that is robust and can power all the mission critical (and ideally other) applications despite a downtime. Primary power failure can be prevented by having high-quality equipment in place, along with regular servicing. This means setting up the data center with a consideration for robustness and effectiveness, rather than only costs. 2. Regular maintenance: Periodic audits and maintenance are must-haves to ensure disaster management. Make sure technicians are trained to carry out a data-centre specific inspection, with a focus on inspecting components such as belts, cooling and heating systems, engine oil levels, fuel systems, batteries and battery chargers, transfer switches and control panels, etc. Annual services should include mandatory changing of oil and filters, fuel filters, water separator maintenance, oil sampling, lubrication of parts, coolant sampling, etc. Also, put the generators through an annual load-bank testing in case they do not run at 50% or greater load at least one hour monthly. 3. Have an action plan for danger: Have various lines of communication open and available to communicate with the service provider in the event of a natural disaster. Establish a protocol to put the backup plan into effect, with roles and responsibilities defined and the requisite training to the concerned people given beforehand. Make sure you fire up the generator to eliminate any downtime, then check for fault codes. Checking fuel levels and transfer switch operations are some the instantaneous actions that should be carried out.
Altavista Town Council voted Tuesday to submit an application for a grant of up to $50,000 from the Virginia Department of Health to fund the design and engineering work necessary to install emergency #power #generators at four of the town’s water sources to ensure the town can pump water adequately in case of an emergency. The four generators are planned to be installed at Reynolds Springs, McMinnis Springs, Bedford Pump Station and the Staunton River Pump Station and will enable the town to continue pumping water from these sources into the Water Treatment Plant even if the main power is disconnected, according to Director of Utilities Tom Fore. “The whole point is to keep us resilient and running, especially during the time when there’s a manmade disaster where the fire department needs the water,” Fore said. Check out our blog at www.rentalpowersolutions.com/blog
#DidYouKnow , the different names of Hurricanes indicate where the storm occurred.
As the cleanup continues from Tuesday's flooding in Miami Beach, Mayor Philip Levine said that he was ordering an emergency purchase of backup generators for the Sunset Harbour neighborhood under emergency procurement procedures. The area recently underwent a series of improvements to guard against rising sea levels and has hosted visiting dignitaries such as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, "To put it simply, we cannot wait any longer," Levine declared on Wednesday. "Our residents, rightfully so, are demanding action and I agree. Therefore, I have directed city staff to immediately pursue emergency procurement procedures to secure the #generators to prevent future flooding as seen yesterday." The #BackUpGenerators will be attached to pump stations two and three in the Sunset Harbour area. Levine said earlier that Miami Beach experienced "record rainfall" that caused flooding on many streets. "This was further exacerbated by #PowerOutages citywide, that caused drainage infrastructure to be temporarily offline," he said, noting that the city had installed new stormwater systems in about 15 percent of the city, including the Sunset Harbour neighborhood. Check out our blog at www.rentalpowersolutions.com/blog
Cape Hatteras EMC and Tideland EMC announced that the worse-case scenario for Ocracoke and Hatteras has occurred — all three lines of the main #power transmission system were severed early Thursday morning. This happened when PCL Construction, the contractors building the new Bonner Bridge, accidentally drove a steel piling through the underground cable at the southern end at the Oregon Inlet early Thursday morning. That cable powers all of Hatteras and Ocracoke. As a result of the #PowerOutage , mandatory evacuation remains in effect for all visitors to #Hatteras and #Ocracoke Islands until an adequate power supply can be provided to support them. Hyde County Manager Bill Rich, who is on the Ocracoke Advisory Control Group that has been meeting two times daily since the outage occurred, said after this morning’s meeting that the electric companies are looking at three options. Simultaneously, all are now trying to accomplish the third option, which is to bring in approximately 15 additional #PortableGenerators onto Hatteras to power both islands enough so that visitors can come back. On Thursday, Tideland EMC brought in a 1-megawatt, diesel-fueled #generator that began powering the lighthouse area of the island later that night. On Friday, two additional 2-megawatt generators arrived from Atlanta to power the other two island circuits. By Saturday afternoon, the entire island had received power, but residents were restricted to using it only for refrigerators and fans to see how much of a load they drew. Those businesses being powered by #generators were asked to stay on them for the time being. Darlene Styron, owner of the Sweet Tooth/Fig Tree Bakery, has two generators to keep her provisions cold, but on Saturday, she was giving away her prepared foods—salads and baked goods—to residents and for the Meals on Wheels program. Check out our blog at www.rentalpowersolutions.com/blog
The Royal Infirmary relied on its #BackUpPower supply after the outages earlier this afternoon.The huge #PowerOutage plunged people into darkness and forced multiple evacuations across the city, including shopping centres and university buildings. Now bosses at the hospital have confirmed that their #BackUpPlan kicked in, meaning #power to clinical areas of the building was uninterrupted. They also said that the main campus had returned to the main supply. A spokesperson for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “The Glasgow Royal Infirmary site was affected by the wider power outage in the city however, as planned, our emergency #generators took over power delivery immediately meaning there was continuous supply to all clinical areas. “The whole hospital campus is now back on mains supply.” Check out our blog at www.rentalpowersolutions.com/blog
#RentalEquipment demand was healthy in the second quarter of 2017, with rental revenue growth the highest it’s been in 12 quarters, according to the latest quarterly industry survey by @rwbaird and RER. Anecdotal commentary pointed toward continued strong #construction demand and improved #OilandGas activity. According to the survey, average rental revenue growth was 9.6 percent year over year in the second quarter compared to the last quarter’s 6.4-percent year over year growth. Average rental rates increased 2.5 percent year over year in Q217, after the previous eight quarter had a range of -1 percent to +1 percent. Average fleet size, in terms of units, grew 6.2 percent in the quarter, the largest gain in 11 years. Check out our blog at www.rentalpowersolutions.com/blog
@kcpetproject staff members donned headlamps to take care of animals Sunday morning after overnight storms left the Kansas City animal shelter without #power . “No power in the shelter this morning,” KC Pet Project tweeted shortly after 8 a.m. “Our staff caring for animals in the dark.” “Whenever there is some sort of storm that blows through the area, usually the shelter loses power,” said Tori Fugate, KC Pet Project’s director of marketing and communications. “We do lose power quite a bit,” she said. “Unfortunately with the facility we are in now, there’s no alternative power source. We can’t get a #generator to power that building.” So when power goes out, shelter staff members try to notify Kansas City Power & Light as quickly as possible, and they use headlamps and flashlights to care for the animals. The shelter’s building at 4400 Raytown Road is not equipped to use a generator. KC Pet Project has small generators that can be set up in the vet clinic as backup. The KC Pet Project hopes that the new animal shelter that is to be built in Swope Park will be designed with a #BackUpGenerator so it doesn’t lose power as often. The new shelter will be part of the $800 million infrastructure program that voters authorized in April. It is expected to handle #PowerOutages better. Check out our blog at www.rentalpowersolutions.com/blog
If you include a #BackUpGenerator in your preparedness plan, you’ll never have to run away! Stay powered!
The Utilities Department's wastewater treatment #plant now has a #BackUpGenerator , and the city has an additional $28,000 in its coffers, thanks to a donation from a local company. Mayor Kerry Underwood said the company, which is remaining anonymous, donated the used #generator to the city. The Utilities Department then purchased it from the city for $28,000 because it needed a backup for the treatment plant. The generator could be used as a temporary way to keep the plant functioning in an emergency that results in the plant losing #power . "It'll run half the plant," Underwood said. "That will be enough to keep it going if the power is out." Jeff McDonald, director over Tuscumbia Utilities, said his department tested the 250 kw generator on June 13. "The offer was contingent on the generator passing a load test," McDonald said. "That was passed. Everything was fine with the generator." When McDonald and members of the City Council were discussing the purchase, he told them it would fill a need. "We do not have a #BackUpPower source there now," he said during a May council meeting. Underwood commended the company for its donation, saying that is evidence of its civic mindedness. Check out our blog at www.rentalpowersolutions.com/blog
Representatives were working to get power restored to the Veterans Village community near downtown Las Vegas Sunday morning. #Power to the complex had to be turned off while work was done to the wiring, according to representatives, and a #PortableGenerator was also brought in. Regional Transportation Commission buses were available for residents if they wanted to use a temporary Red Cross shelter at Fremont Middle School. However, once the #generator was on site no one needed to be evacuated according to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue. Check out our blog at www.rentalpowersolutions.com/blog