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Better be ready
Are you ready for aflood?
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
Contact the Red Cross: Headquarters - 627-8215/8128, Northern branch - 627-8214, Southern branch - 652-2024, Tobago branch - 639-2781
Floods are the leading cause of
disaster-related death in the
Caribbean, but since most can be
forecast, you should have time to
prepare. Your Red Cross urges you
to get ready. There are simple
steps you can take to help protect
your family from a flood.
Know your area's flood risk. If
unsure, call your Red Cross or
Emergency Management Agency.
If you are in a risk area, investigate
the feasibility of flood insurance.
Know the location of the main elec-
trical breaker and the gas and water
valves in your home and ensure you
have a clear path to easily access
them so that you can shut them off
When a Flood
Warning is issued:
Monitor the radio for weather
updates and evacuate immediately if
you are told to do so.
Move your furniture and valuables to
higher floors of your home or place
them high if possible.
Bring in all loose items from outside,
like garbage cans and yard furniture
for safe keeping.
Turn off the main electrical switch
and other utilities.
Place important documents and
valuables in plastic and store them
in a safe place.
Flood water dangers:
Do not walk through flowing water.
Just six inches of moving water can
knock you off your feet.
Never attempt to cross a swollen
stream, river or gully by foot or
vehicle. The force of these water-
ways can have deadly consequences.
If your vehicle stalls in rising water,
abandon it immediately and climb to
higher ground. A mere two feet of
water can float a large vehicle, even
After a flood:
Clean and dry everything water-
soaked. Flood waters can pick up
sewerage and chemicals from roads,
farms and factories. Spoiled food
and flooded medicines are health
hazards. When in doubt, throw them
Check appliances and motors for
damage and do not use them until
they have been cleaned and dried.
Watch out for wild animals. Snakes
and centipedes that have been
flooded out of their homes may seek
shelter in yours. Use a pole or a
stick to poke and turn items over
and scare them away.
If your home was seriously affected
by the floods and you suspect your
electrical wiring may have been
damaged, have it checked by a quali-
fied person before turning on the
main electrical switch.
Punch holes in all containers left
outside to prevent water from set-
tling and these from becoming
breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Purify water before using. Use chlo-
rine bleach or water purifying
tablets. Boil tap water for ten min-
T&T Red Cross Society
If you have not already invested in
Disaster Recovery as a Service
(DRaaS), it is time to move with the
changing times. That was the mes-
sage from the First Annual Technol-
ogy Summit at the Carlton Savannah
CEO of Geminare, Joshua Geist,
called for business managers and fellow
entrepreneurs to move towards cloud
DR (disaster relief) to replace more
traditional forms of DR, since "the
advent of virtualization and the
tremendous savings, features, and
capabilities associated has really
changed the market."
DRaaS takes advantage of physical
and virtual servers of a third-party to
provide fail over in the event of a man-
made or natural accident. In such a
catastrophe, an outside vendor would
be less likely to incur the damages felt
by the enterprise itself, which would
have signed a service-level agreement
with the third-party to provide failover
to a cloud computing environment.
Although statistics show that most
business were moving towards the
DRaaS model, Geist says they were
doing so in a "stepped fashion," of
looking at their servers and assessing
which ones were more appropriate to
go into the cloud. Quoting a study
done by Gartner, Geist specified that
it was found that 86 per cent of data
was "cloud ready," that is to say that
the vast majority of information can
be virtualised. However, seven per
cent exists as archaic systems and
mainframes that nobody maintains,
and should not be migrated to the
cloud. The remaining seven per cent
are applications that are "born in the
cloud"---twitter and whatsapp infor-
mation for example---and were archi-
tected to take advantage of cloud scal-
Comparing the DRaaS to previously
used models, Geist quoted the Magic
Quadrant report conducted by Gartner,
stating that while "the technology
(from twenty years ago) has changed,
the delivery model has not." Geist
went on to say that new players are
going to be using different directions
than those who are old to the game.
When it comes to timelines, the
technologies of old required that you
"research and plan a year in advance,
and most of those RFPs (requests for
proposals) went to the major service
providers." Today, Geist said, "you're
able to instantaneously research for
yourself. You can look at sites from
the technology vendors, and see which
technologies are a good match."
When it comes to expertise, you
would traditionally have to hire outside
experts to come into your office to
help you build your DR plan, but today
service providers are increasing their
capacities to provide those services.
"The key is that from a knowledge
perspective, that application knowledge
remains in-house," Geist said, "what
you're doing is taking the commodi-
tised infrastructure to a lot of people
that know how to run a server."
New IT approach for disaster recovery
He stressed that today's options
are by far the most cost-effective
as well: "When you leverage
shared infrastructure, you save
huge amounts," Geist said, "there
is no more capital investment. It
has literally disappeared."
The take home message from
Geist was that the market is no
longer centered around suppliers,
but about service providers.
"We see this across all tech-
nology markets. You don't want
people selling to you, what you
want is people helping you dis-
cover how to best use technology.
You want someone you trust as
a partner, not a vendor."
Rahael, second from
left, chat with
members of the
following a seminar
on Family Business
hosted by Republic
Bank Limited at
Movie Towne, Port-
of-Spain. From left
are Kenneth, Rajiv
and Indra Boodhu.
PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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