Richard Tocci

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Surviving Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike blew through Texas late last week, causing loads of damage and destruction in Houston and Galveston. It went on as far as the midwest and beyond.

At my house in College Station, I lashed down the trashcans and waited. Early Saturday morning, it began with rain, and then wind, and then a heavy mix of both. This lasted all day Saturday. By Sunday, we got a little more rain, but for the most part, the biggest part of the storm has moved north.

Vertafore closed the College Station site, and we prepared for possible disaster. I was ready to go to our hot site, should the hurricane wrought so much destruction that we would have to declare a disaster and get our customers up and running in 3 business days.

While we were anxious and ready, it was not as bad as it could have been. Houston and Galveston, however, need a lot of work. Some school systems in the Houston area are closed until further notice, while others are not scheduled to open for at least 3 days.

There also seem to be problems doling out supplies to victims, but with a disaster of this magnitude, I don't see how it would be easy.

If you want to give donations to the local Red Cross, go to their website.

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