Electrical testing may interrupt county IT services

By From page A4 | February 15, 2013

The El Dorado County Website and county information technology mainframe applications may be unavailable on Saturday, Feb. 16, possibly extending to Sunday, Feb. 17.

PG&E will shut off power to Building B at the County Government Center for approximately 12 hours so the county can test its main electrical switchboard. County facilities staff plan to bring in a temporary generator to power the information technologies systems, according to Russ Fackrell, county facilities manager.

“If there is even a remote chance of electricity back-feeding into the electrical hub during the test, we will have to shut down the generator and with it the Website and other electronic systems,” said Fackrell.

There will be no disruption to critical emergency service functions which has its own backup power supply.

“We tried to minimize potential disruptions of our IT systems to the public by scheduling the test on a holiday weekend,” said Fackrell. County offices will also be closed on Monday, Feb. 18 in observance of President’s Day.

If testing exceeds the holiday weekend and the website is down, the county will utilize its Facebook page at as an alternative Website. In addition, e-mail subscribers to the county’s main Website will also be notified.

Mike Applegarth

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