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Hurricane Georges: A Special Report 2

Written by  Douglas S. Clauson

SunGard’s Crisis Management Team Burns the Midnight Oil Through Hurricane SeasonAs the ’98 hurricane season finally winds down, the members of SunGard Recovery Services’ Crisis Management Team are definitely ready to hang up their rain slickers, so to speak. "This hurricane season was especially busy for us with three hurricanes predicted back-to-back, followed by a short break, and then Hurricane Georges," said Libby Salvucci, SunGard Technical Coordinator, and a key member of the Crisis Management Team. "We had 33 companies on alert for Hurricanes Bonnie, Danielle and Earl, averaging about 10 companies per hurricane, and then things got really interesting with 75 alerts for Hurricane Georges." Bonnie lead the hurricane trio. She blew in August 19-30 and touched down at Cape Fear, North Carolina on Wednesday, August 26 with winds reaching 90 - 100 mph. Initial estimates of damage in North Carolina alone were in the $1 - $2 billion range, much