Saturday, October 21, 2017

How Digitalization Would Cripple Entire Government and Private Operations

Do you have any idea how digitalized technology would cripple the entire operations of any institutions when the Big One comes? This must worry those who are now  largely dependent on computerization and other forms of digitalization. As part of your contingeny plan, do you have Plan B? What about plan C?
A friend of mine who now works as Document Control Analyst under Capital Infrastructure Department of the BC Hydro in Bancouver, British Columbia shared this layered contingency plan for their dams. 
This amazed me. 
This must be replicated by all other countries including the Philippines that is now in the brink of the highly expected The BIG ONE. Not only on dams but of all documentations that are now highly dependent on digitalization.
Here's the full lenght of my friend's  post worth sharing:
"I was going to post this in the morning to say HAPPY FRIDAY! It's now 4:30 p.m. so, Happy Friday Evening! Swamped with work today, no time to check my phone whole day. This is our Library in the office, those are hard-copy engineering drawings. You would ask WHY? Why the need for hard-copies when they're in the database. This is part of the Earthquake Culture we live in the office. When "the big one" strikes, we expect all our servers to be down or destroyed, lucky if we can even open our computers. Hopefully our dams will survive the shaking, if not, we will need engineering plans for emergency measures, and since there's no internet, these drawings are our Plan-B. We also send a 2nd copy to Iron Mountain as Plan-C. Retention in Iron Mountain is 100 yrs. That's how prepared we are BUT..... they say no preparation is enough for "the big one." It will be a disaster we no one has seen yet. (Just like typhoon Yolanda.) At least we tried. Happy weekend folks! Lab yu! <3 font="">


Friday, August 11, 2017

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits Nasugbu, Batangas sent panic in southern Luzon and Metro Manila.

Office workers in Filinvest, Alabang settled in the designated open field evacuation area right after the August 11, 2017 quake as rehearsed by them in the recent shake drill that was just last month.

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake with epicenter at 016 km S 57° W of Nasugbu (Batangas) sent residents and workers out from their homes and offices. The tremor was felt all over south Luzon and Metro Manila.

The strongest intensity (Inensity 4) was felt in  Calapan, Mindoro; Subic, Zambales; Rosario, Cavite; Manila City; and in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

Intensity 3 was felt in the town of Pateros of medtro Manila as well as in Quezon City and Makati City. Same intensity was recorded in Malolos, Bulacan; Cainta, Rizal;  and in Calamba, Laguna.

Information about any damage to property or injury to person is yet to be known. It will be reported in a few hours from municipalities' respective local government unit. I will be made known via news releases through news agencies, televisions and radio stations.

So far, it was reported that a rescue official at the town closest to the epicentre said that there was no damage or casualties in their area od responsibilities.  

Because of the strong quake, office workers from various companies in Filinvest, Alabang area orderly evacuated their respective offices and settled safely in an open field.

Office workers in Filinvest, Alabang settled in the designated open field evacuation area as rehearsed by them in the recent shake drill that was just last month.   

A first aid station tent was installed. Nobody was reported hurt in the quake. Few complained of dizziness and were immediately assisted by medical worker

Aftershocks are expected following the temblor according to Phivolcs. However, damage to properties is not expected by Phivolcs. Director Renato Solidum of Phivolcs has said this afternoon on government television, “Due to its depth we do not expect any damage."

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) sent a public text massage that aftershocks are expected. The public  was also advised to be ready and secure oneself and family from danger.

Phivolcs did not issue any tsunami warning.

For info and statements direct from the locals of affected areas,  CLICK HERE - info sourced directly from (USGS).

Similar scenarios of evacuation in public places were seen all over Metro Manila. 

Based on the #WalangPasok post of GMA7, the following schools in southern Luzon and Metro Manila declared the suspension of classes after the strong quake struck Batangas that affected nearby cities and towns:
  • DasmariƱas, Cavite - all levels
  • Imus, Cavite - all levels
  • Olongapo City - all levels
  • Taguig City - all levels
  • De La Salle University - Manila, Makati, BGC, and Laguna
  • Far Eastern University Manila and Makati
  • Lyceum of the Philippines University Batangas
  • Lyceum of the Philippines University Cavite
  • Manila Tytana Colleges
  • Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
  • Philippine Women's University Manila
  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines - classes in all Metro Manila branches and campuses
  • University of the East Manila and Caloocan campuses - all levels except UE College of Law



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