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DR/BCM lessons from the Vancouver fire

An fire in an underground power distribution room today knocked a good portion of Vancouver's inner city power grid offline. Several news media like the Vancouver Sun are carrying the story by now.

As bad as this event is on its own, the email provider Hushmail reports on its web page some additional interesting details. What happened, apparently, was that Vancouver's "Harbour Centre" web hosting location brought their emergency generator successfully online when the power dropped. But as soon as the fire department started drawing massive amounts of water in their attempt to contain the fire, the water pressure in the mains was reduced to a level where the (water cooled) emergency generator couldn't operate any more. Poof. Darkness.

Now, let me guess how many BCM/DR plans out there didn't think of that one...  Time to update!




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Jul 15th 2008

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