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Re: Survey of interest ..
- From: Deepak Jain
- Date: Tue Jan 11 18:25:52 2005
We had an interesting issue with one of our fuel suppliers during the
hurricane two years ago. They lost power, so their phone system which
takes reservations wasn't working. So its a good idea to ask if your
fuel company has its own generator... or at least one of the ones you
have a supply contract with.
Yeah, *that* one was basically a matter of restarting the grid. Do you remember
about a decade or so back, an ice storm in Ontario? *That* one had many places
without power for *weeks*.
ObNANOG: How many weeks of continuous duty is *your* backup generator rated for? ;)
While many generators might be able to do a continuous duty cycle,
plenty of UPS systems will get worked pretty solidly cleaning up that
power for weeks. And the infrastructure -- getting fuel, getting the
roads plowed, getting fuel to your snow plows, all have issues --
keeping your 24/7 staff fed & well rested for a prolonged
emergency...getting them to work if public transportation is used.
Like the NYC power outage where gas stations had gas, but no electricity
for their pumps. I know of at least 1 Exxon in Tyson's Corner (next to
Gallows/Boone) that has an UNLEADED fuel generator... so they can use
their own fuel to power it. A Diesel generator at a gas station that
doesn't sell it is bad.. :)