Stories by Michael Goldberg and Kathleen Carr

Next time the lights go out...

FRAMINGHAM (10/20/2003) - When the lights went out Aug. 14, darkening much of the Northeast from Detroit to New York and into Canada, Matthew Hunt was ready. The CTO (chief technologu officer) of Omnipod Inc., a communications services provider based in a post World War II-era Manhattan building, had a week's worth of diesel fuel to run a power generator in the basement. Several blocks away at Capital Printing Systems Inc., CIO (chief information officer) Craig Sisler activated his company's backup data site in New Jersey as his colleagues draped plastic over the servers in case the building's sprinkler system rained on them.