FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Boeing Retrofits Hardware Systems   [open pdf - 30KB]

Alternate Title: Boeing Retrofits Hardware Systems Safeguarding Against Earthquakes

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. The Best Practices Portfolio is a collection of true stories about people and communities who have experienced disasters, and what mitigation they used to survive, rebuild, and prepare for disasters. From the document: "Deep inside the earth's crust, pressures are building that eventually will result in an earthquake of epic proportions. Deep inside Boeing, a few good people are busily tying everything down. One of them, Doug Marsh, became a believer after the Kobe, Japan, earthquake in 1995. He vividly remembers seeing film footage of workers freezing at the onset of the tremors--only reacting as equipment started falling all around them. [...] A seismic disturbance is something that every server administrator fears. It's not just the potential of losing all the data since the last backup; it's the likely unavailability of replacement hardware when a tower topples. But the question was when they could afford to take down the system to install safeguards. Thanks to Marsh and his team, they don't have to wonder. Working with the vendors who make the server isolation hardware, Marsh helped develop a number of new methods for installation and upgrade that operators can perform while the server is online. In fact, the step-by-step processes that the Computing Disaster Preparedness group wrote to accompany them have become the industry standard for seismic mitigation procedures." This and other individual FEMA Best Practices documents are also combined in "Mitigation Best Practices: Public and Private Sector Best Practice Stories for All Activity/Project Types in All States and Territories Relating to All Hazards [August 10, 2011]," which can be accessed at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132]

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