I moved down to D’Iberville, MS February of 2005. A quaint up and coming starter community just North of Biloxi, MS. I remember, while working for the State Police, taking my lunch to the end of a pier that was near by our office, sitting on the edge and looking out over the water. I enjoyed the peace, especially since it wasn’t even two years ago before that I was in Afghanistan looking forward to holding my 6 month old daughter that I spent 5 days with before deploying. I found this pretty little 4/2 split plan home less than a mile “as the crow flies” from the beach that August. It was humble, but I knew it would be a good place to start my life over. I remember watching and listening about some storm that month out in the middle of no where, thinking to myself, “I better hurry and close on that house otherwise I will not be able to get Home Owners Insurance.” Well, my house luckily enough was not in a flood zone, it was the suckers across the street, so I didn’t need to pay the extra insurance at closing. I closed August 25, 2005. Looking back, it’s funny to think how I was barely able to get all of my belongings moved into the house before I had to board up and head for higher ground. Little did I know at the time that the one night I spent in the house would be the last night. I packed an over night bag, locked the door, and left.
Hurricane Katrina before landfall, Category 5
Intense Hurricane Katrina video of 28 feet of storm surge.
Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005 on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She bolstered swells upwards of 30ft and reeked havoc throughout the Mississippi Coast Line with her devastation physically noticed over 160 miles inland to the heart of Mississippi, Jackson. She claimed nearly 1900 lives, displaced more than 700,000 people (more than the Dust Bowl Migration of the Great Depression) and cost our country nearly $125 Billion Dollars in property damage and insurance pay outs. To this day, there are still nearly 700 missing persons from that infamous day 7 years ago.
In Mississippi alone, over 200 lives were taken, 67 missing persons, and 5 still yet to be identified. Over 65,000 homes were destroyed, including one that sat at 10229 Cottage Court Cove, D’Iberville, MS 39540, my home. My neighborhood went under 15ft of water with about 7ft sitting inside my home before residing. I remember looking through the portal of the front door, seeing the damage, the water line, the mud, everything. I didn’t even unlock the door. I did what I knew to do: Report for duty.
I reported to the Emergency Operation Center in Gulfport, MS, linked up with the Director of the Mississippi Crime Laboratory, Sam Howell, and conducted Search and Recovery efforts with the Harrison County Coroner’s Office. Search and Rescue teams would identify remains and our team would recover those remains and transport them back to the “Reefer Trucks” (Refrigerated Tractor Trailers) parked outside one of the funeral homes in Gulfport, MS. We had recovery teams mobilized throughout the Gulf Coast. My area of responsibility was Biloxi, MS.
Conditions were terrible. I slept on a slab the first night across from the EOC. Our communications were non-existent, the only service provider available was Cell South, now called C-Spire. Our collaboration across the board with mobilized agency’s from law enforcement volunteers to the MS National Guard was decayed. It was analogue and archaic. There were next to no communications capabilities while we were deployed to our AOs. Each team had to be internally self sufficient, bringing everything we needed with us that morning. Response was slow, the people were restless, and resources were coming close to depleting. We weren’t ready.
Now it’s 2012. On the eve of the Anniversary of one of the most catastrophic natural disasters of our time, Hurricane Isaac will eerily make landfall on this momentous day 7 years later. At this point, as I listen to the News from the other room, Isaac has increased to a Category I. The Army National Guard has already mobilized, the Joint Information Center (JIC) was deployed two days ago and is set up for distribution D+1. The stage is set for one of the quickest responses that the state of Mississippi has to offer with every available hand poised and ready. I myself, a Nationally Registered EMT-B, am also ready to provide assistance if need be. Now, we are ready.
In the short time I have worked for Cisco, I have been part of an amazing team that has relentlessly worked to bring attention to Cisco’s technology in order to aid and assist First Responders so that they may seamlessly do what they do best: Serve. With Cisco’s TacOps team and NERV mobile command center those who respond will have at their finger tips what they need to provide assistance to the public.
Today, we are ready.
This was difficult for me to write and share. As you finish reading this, please give a moment of silence for those that Hurricane Katrina claimed and their families.
Tags: Cisco Tacops, disaster preparedness, disaster recovery, disaster response, Emergency Responder, government, natural disaster
The September 30 IPv6 deadline is quickly approaching and a number of government organizations are struggling to make the transition. According to a survey conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 99 percent of all federal websites aren’t supporting the next-gen Interned Protocol on their DNS, email and Web services.
We at Cisco understand the urgency and difficulty of this change, therefore have partnered with the Digital Government Institute to host a free one-hour webinar on August 30 (2 p.m. ET) that will give attendees the tools, as well as outline five steps, to help your agency move quickly toward compliance as the clock ticks down.
Attendees of the “5 Steps to Meet the September 30 IPv6 Deadline” webcast will learn:
- How to get your agency on the road to compliance
- Where to find agency help in the federal government
- How to get the best services from the GSA schedules
- About the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) IPv6 standards and how IPv6 has been integrated into a long list of USGv6 certified products
- How five federal agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, have already made the transition
- Dale Geesey, Chief Operating Officer, Auspex Technologies (CISSP)
- Steve Pirzchalski, Director Enterprise Network Services, Department Veterans Affairs
- David Prall, Consulting Systems Engineer, Cisco
For more information on the transition to IPv6, visit http://www.cisco.com/web/strategy/us_government/ipv6.html.
The Global Certification Team (GCT) is proud to announce the addition of the ISR 1921, 1941, 2901, 2911, 2921, 2951, 3925, 3925E, 3945, and 3945E routers to the Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL). These routers have been evaluated using IOS version 15.1(4)M3 and have been classified as a Customer Edge Router (CER)
The Specific certification memos can be found as follows:
The Cisco® Integrated Services Routers Generation 2 (ISR G2) Family of routers delivers the borderless network that can transform the branch office and customers’ experience while enabling business innovation and growth. Supporting the operation of these innovations, Cisco ISR G2 routers provide a rich set of management capabilities that exceed and complement what is available through industry standards. This document discusses these capabilities and related management applications that enable effective operations of Cisco ISR G2 networks and services.
For more information on the Cisco ISR G2 routers, please visit Cisco.com
Tags: 1900, 2900, 3900, apl, integrated services router, ISR, UC
How can advanced network technology help governments to ‘listen better’ and ‘listen smarter?’ This is not a rhetorical question: planning has traditionally been a top-down affair, and this approach has, frankly, gotten us all (and particularly our cities, counties, and states) into a world of trouble.
There is a plethora of amazing technology at our disposal; how can we use them in new ways to empower decision-making that’s both bottom-up and top-down?
There is some good news to report: the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a think tank well known for traditional academic research, is embracing cutting-edge technology in planning and tools for civic engagement. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Citizen engagement, Citizens, civic engagement, IBSG, ICT tools, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, meeting of the minds, urban planning, urban sustainability
The Global Certification Team (GCT) is proud to announce the addition of the Cisco 7603, 7604, 7606-S, 7609-S, and the 7613 Routers to the Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL). The routers were tested on version 15.1(3)S2, and were certified as a Customer Edge Router (CER). The 7600’s were given tracking number 1116706, and the APL memo can be found here.
The Cisco 7600 Series is the industry’s first carrier-class edge router to offer integrated, high-density Ethernet switching, carrier-class IP/MPLS routing, and 10-Gbps interfaces, benefiting enterprises and helping enable service providers to deliver both consumer and business services over a single converged Carrier Ethernet network.
To find out more about the Cisco 7600 Series routers, please visit Cisco.com!
Tags: 7600, apl, UC, UCAPL