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Disasters Can Happen To Anyone

Comdisco Disaster Recovery Services (CDRS) has always been proud of its industry leadership position. In that role, we continually strive to raise corporate awareness of the potential for catastrophic events to occur.We have learned that these situations, usually...

River Pours Through the Levee

On the morning of July 30, 1993, at approximately 7:00 a.m., employees of the Chesterfield Bank were getting ready to go into work as usual. Little did they know this wasn’t going to be a typical Friday at the bank. Bank officials had already been contacted by...

Crisis Management: Planning Pays Off

The underground flooding that paralyzed the Chicago downtown business district in mid-April was little more than a drop in the bucket for organizations with tested business resumption plans in place.While many companies were unprepared for such a disaster, quite a few...

The Drying of Chicago

The now “infamous” tunnel system found under the heart of Chicago’s business center—the Loop—was first planned in 1899 as a four foot bore to carry telephone cables and protect them from interruptions in service caused by downed telephone...

The Worst Disaster in Recent History

Trends may start on the east and west coasts (i.e. Hurricane Hugo and the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989) in our country, but when it comes to doing it bigger and better, don't count out the midwest. On Monday, April 13, 1992 began what has become the biggest...

Chicago Businesses Forced to Declare a Disaster

At 5:57 a.m. on Monday, April 13, 1992 a building engineer at the Chicago Merchandise Mart found water flooding the third sub-basement of the building. Little did he, or numerous Chicago Fire Department and City workers on-site by 6:10 a.m. know, that a hole the size...

Reacting to the Flood

In 1899 the city of Chicago started work on a series of interconnecting tunnels located approximately forty feet beneath street level. This series of tunnels ran below the Chicago River and underneath the Chicago business district, simply known as The Loop. The...

We Knew What We Needed To Do….

Disaster Recovery has become an essential part of our business. The ability to recover our mechanized systems and computing environments is vital to our customers and share holders.Rehearsing disaster recovery plans in advance really paid off during a recent disaster...

Flooding Leads to Large-Scale Power Outage

The flood began at 5:57 a.m. on Monday, April 13. At that time, an engineer at the Merchandise Mart called the Chicago Fire Department to report that water was inexplicably pouring into a subbasement of the building at 222 Merchandise Plaza. At 8 a.m., a whirlpool was...

Houston Flooding Challenges City Disaster Team

When, on Monday, October 17, the first drops of rain fell on the city of Houston, little did its citizens suspect they were in for a five-day-long siege of nonstop downpours, the likes of which they had not experienced in years. A storm that dumped a record total of...

The California Floods

California was devastated by the worst seven days of rain and flooding to hit the region in almost a century. Rains and strong winds whipped most of the state from March 12 to March 19 causing damages estimated at $2 billion. This exceeded the first deluge of rains...

The River Came Too Close To Monsanto

This summer we didn’t have to wait for weekends to go “down by the riverside” — the Mississippi came to us !!!Early in July, Monsanto’s Carondelet Plant received the warning of potential flooding from the River Des Peres. On July 9 the...

When It Rains, It Pours

1993 is only half over and already two major disasters have hit the United States. It's unusual that The Disaster Recovery Journal would run two Special Reports in the same year. In our second quarter issue (Volume 6, Number 2) we covered the World Trade Center...

DISASTER 101: A Hands-On Recovery Lesson

Thanks to a commitment to safety and preparedness, and a lot of luck, American Republic Insurance came through the recent Midwest flood ordeal much wiser and better prepared to face a future catastrophe.Disaster survival is the hard way to test your contingency and...

97 Midwest Floods

On April 7 rushing flood waters forced the evacuation of most of a Minnesota city for the first time in 1997. Residents of Ada, MN, fled after two normally shallow rivers overran their banks and poured into homes. Approximately 1250 people were evacuated or left Ada...

Red River Rising

The City of Winnipeg, capital of Manitoba, with a population of about 650,000, is at the geographical centre of North America. Located about 829 miles north of Kansas City, Winnipeg is at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers.The Red River Valley has a long...