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With Sandy on horizon, East Coast data centers on high alertProviders test generators, staff up facilities, ensure fuel deliveries
29 October 2012 by Yevgeniy Sverdlik - DatacenterDynamics
The President has declared Emergency situations in 9 states.
For those who have run data centers through Federal Emergency conditions they know that a contract with a fuel vendor is not worth much when the Federal gov't has established control of critical resources to address the emergency.
Depending on how bad the power outages are, how refineries are impacted, diesel fuel could be extremely scarce. And, a data center could run out of fuel even if it has multiple contracts with fuel vendors.
There is a way to get fuel during a FEMA managed event as a smart data center guy asked this question over a year ago, and we talked about how to solve this problem. I found a guy who has been in the fuel business for years supplying airlines and remote power plants with petroleum fuel, and he has been thinking for who you could make sure you get fuel.
BTW, one of the easier ways to get fuel during a disaster is to have your facility be defined as critical infrastructure by gov't agencies. But, that also brings a huge amount of oversight and regulation.