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Michael Barnett

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Crisis Manager

Phone: (504) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: m***@***.com
directNIC.com
3500 N. Causeway Blvd. Suite 160
Metairie, Louisiana 70002
United States

Company Description: directNIC Corporate Services provides companies with advanced domain name management tools, as well as domain monitoring, protection and consulting. Companies...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Head of Crisis Management
    directNIC.com
  • Chief Executive Officer
    Special Forces Group
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On Saturday, August 27th, 2005 at ...
www.unofficial-fansites.com, 7 April 2011 [cached]
On Saturday, August 27th, 2005 at 11:05pm, Michael Barnett made the most ghoulishly understated comment since Captain Oates told the Scott expedition he would be "gone for some time. Observing the approaching hurricane from a 10th floor office on Poydras St. in New Orleans, Barnett posted an entry in his LiveJournal account that read, "Hmm. This could actually be a nasty storm."
The coming days would show the world not only that this was no ordinary storm, but that Barnett was no ordinary man. Known better by his handle "the Interdictor", Barnett is the crisis manager for directNIC. email hosting
Former Green Beret Stays Online in Katrina's Wake
www.publish.com [cached]
Michael Barnett, now crisis manager at Directnic.com, tells Ziff Davis Internet that his firm runs a data center where 2 percent of the Internet is hosted on the company's servers.
"We host Web pages,businesses," said Barnett in an interview conducted via AOL Instant Messenger on Wednesday."We have to stay up.We go down, and so does 2 percent of the Internet."
Barnett says he spent two years in the Army infantry, and an additional six with the 20th Special Forces Group, which is now based at Birmingham, Ala.
Like others with a similar background, Barnett has been trained for long-duration, indirect activities including guerrilla warfare and other low visibility, or clandestine operations.
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"There's a massive police staging area on Canal Street right by the casino," wrote Barnett on Tuesday at 12:16 p.m. "The 82nd Airborne is here in force.They're patrolling the city.There's a massive military staging area near the Convention Center by the I-10.The helicopter traffic is the most I've seen since I was stationed at Ft. Hood."
In addition to reports from the streets, Barnett is also reporting on how some businesses are getting power, like the Pan Am Building, "just down the street."
The DoubleTree hotel also reportedly has power again, he reported Monday.
Michael Barnett (the ...
www.observernet.org, 29 Sept 2005 [cached]
Michael Barnett (the "interdictor") is head of Crisis Management at DirectNIC: it's a web hosting/domain company in NO. in addition to hosting many millions of web pages including most of the first hand news accounts coming from the area, DirectNIC is also the only communication the city currently has. the best communication from the area so far is still Instant Messengers like ICQ or jabber. the crisis guys have been bravely topping up the diesel generator, and police have barricaded the road that the building is on. they are providing communications for city hall, the police, and the rest of the world. currently they have armed themselves and are desparately awaiting the military troops that were promised from the start.
keep in mind that there is no electricity through most of NO, and communication has completely broken down. There was a police officer reporting in a major fire in NO using a CNN reporter, becuase there was no way he could even radio other police officers.
here are pictures from the CEO of DirectNIC, Sigmund Solares. he's been snapping photos from the windows and from the roof. for regular updates on the aftermath, go to the interdictor's blog. they have links to more pictures as well as live webcam feeds from downtown.
Of all the blogs and other ...
www.gramlingville.com, 11 Sept 2001 [cached]
Of all the blogs and other web resources that I have been watching since early last week, by far the most interesting is Michael Barnett's blog. Mike is "Crisis Manager" for a major New Orleans data center located on the 10th floor of an office building in downtown New Orleans (DirectNic). An ex-military (6 years in Special Forces Group), together with his girlfriend, the CEO of the company, and a group of 4 or 5 others, he was charged with keeping the datacenter online through Katrina and its aftermath. Starting from before Katrina hit, his blog reads like a novel, as he narrates one crisis after another as they struggled to keep the generators running, links up, and still report to the outside world what was happening as everything fell apart in New Orleans.
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At 8:54 am on Tuesday, Aug. 30, Michael posted the following prophetic blog entry:
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Michael is a specialist in crisis management with military experience; he also predicted the looting and potential chaos with drug addicts, criminals and desperate people seeking to take advantage of the situation.
What he didn't antecipate was the complete breakdown in authority and disappearance of any semblance of law and order within the city. He didn't predict it, but he chronicled it. By the second or third day, he was broadcasting desparate pleas for the deployment of Active Duty Armed Forces. He spoke with police officers who all told the same story: the hierarchy of command was gone, and all communications were out. The members of the police force were victims themselves of the disaster; almost all of them had lost everything and many were more worried about finding and helping their own family members. Michael reported that even police officers had been seen looting.
One of the things that most amazed me as I watched events unfold in New Orleans, was the surprise and shock expressed by so many people at how rapidly the city turned violent. As looters ransacked the city, and armed gangs roamed the streets unchallenged, officials seemed totally caught off guard by the violence and even the media seemed to portray New Orleans as a city of outlaws, who were shooting at their would-be rescuers.
As the power structure collapsed and shots were heard in the streets, Michael Barnett and the team at Camp Crystal (which he denominated their 10th floor office space, after his girlfriend!) knew that things were going to get really, really bad, and that they were basically on their own.
Truly Dedicated Hosting: Surviving Katrina - Web Hosting Help and Information
www.mps-web-hosting.com, 10 Dec 2007 [cached]
On Saturday, August 27th, 2005 at 11:05pm, Michael Barnett made the most ghoulishly understated comment since Captain Oates told the Scott expedition he would be "gone for some time. Observing the approaching hurricane from a 10th floor office on Poydras St. in New Orleans, Barnett posted an entry in his LiveJournal account that read, "Hmm. This could actually be a nasty storm."
The coming days would show the world not only that this was no ordinary storm, but that Barnett was no ordinary man. Known better by his handle "the Interdictor", Barnett is the crisis manager for directNIC. He is there because the 10th and 11th floors of this building house the directNIC datacenter, and this, most assuredly, is a crisis.
Commanding a crack team of 5 individuals, including the CEO and the Senior VP of directNIC, the ex-Special Forces soldier led the company through what can only be considered the absolute worst of all worst-case scenarios. The storm blew out windows, cut power and water to the city, and eventually flooded New Orleans with water that was later described by officials as a "toxic soup. But Barnett and his team stayed.
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In short, Barnett and his crew went above and beyond the call of duty to serve their city, country, and their clients.
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More about Michael Barnett, directNIC, and Hurricane Katrina:
Michael Barnett is an ex-Special Forces serviceman who currently works as Crisis Manager for directNIC. His LiveJournal account of his experiences surviving hurricane Katrina can be found at http://mgno.com/, and is well worth the read.
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