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At some point, no amount of planning matters.  I think your regional electrical outage is such a case.  We experienced something similar with the east coast power outage a few years ago.  We had to wait for electrical power to return - after a couple days - to be able to contact people, arrange a work start time and start to return services.  We started with assessing campus electrical - making sure that generators were refueled and UPSs recharged, for example, before restarting systems.  Our DR plans all give expected time to return to service AFTER we have an intact facility and reliable electrical power.  Our campus leadership has been fine with those estimates, and have declined to fund an alternative standby datacenter several miles away, for example.    We do have a remote campus now that we can move t, but it is not in standby mode.  I think it is an important discussion to have with your leadership.

Theresa

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