Power to the states

Officials from state and local agencies nationwide reported smooth operations during last week's blackout.

"We didn't have any major issue here, but we are prepared for all kind of levels of disaster," said Beth Petroni, chief of staff for the Connecticut Department of Information Technology.

"We had a surge, kind of like a brownout here, not much more than that," she said. "We have redundant backup systems, battery as well as diesel generators, [on] which we could, as long as we had the diesel flowing, run our data center indefinitely."

Others, however, may find themselves calling for federal assistance. As of the afternoon of Aug. 15, the Oakland County, Mich., government was running on its backup power systems, but officials were not expecting to regain full power until Aug. 18, and they were "scrambling to keep things up...because our computer network is also a major 911 installation," said an official in the county executive's office who asked not to be named.

Mia DeVane, spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Office of Administration, said no state agencies were affected by the power outage.

However, Pennsylvania provides a standard enterprise tool for managing and maintaining their business contin-uity plan.

Many critical systems have their own power. "Therefore, if there's a power outage, the generators" kick in, DeVane said.

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