Friday, August 26, 2011

Irene spurs tech emergency response plan launch

[Satellite image of Hurricane Irene at 1:28 p.m. ET]

Gannett Media Technologies International, which provides technical support to the company's websites, sent the following memo today:

GMTI has invoked our Emergency Response plan in preparation for Hurricane Irene. A mandatory evacuation has been issued that affects our Norfolk, Va., location beginning Saturday morning. Today, a team was dispatched to our Cincinnati office in advance of the approaching storm. That team will assume all duties to seamlessly maintain continuity of all services.

Our network engineers conducted a thorough review of key applications and services in anticipation of a surge in traffic and usage spurred by hurricane coverage. We will continue to monitor performance and address any issues with the utmost urgency.

Following the storm we will evaluate conditions to determine when operations can resume in the Norfolk office.

[Photo: Weather Channel]


  1. The GMTI offices in Norfolk, VA sit in one of the most flood-prone areas of Downtown. This is pretty much standard procedure for them.

    Judging by some of the previous storms to come through that area and their impact to Norfolk, I would expect they would not be running operations as normal until at least Tuesday.

    There should be no disruption to customers, since all phone lines will be forwarded, and all networking functions can be done remotely.

    Stay safe, guys!

  2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  3. Good to see GMTI management participates in the blasted blog too.

  4. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.


Jim says: "Proceed with caution; this is a free-for-all comment zone. I try to correct or clarify incorrect information. But I can't catch everything. Please keep your posts focused on Gannett and media-related subjects. Note that I occasionally review comments in advance, to reject inappropriate ones. And I ignore hostile posters, and recommend you do, too."

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.