Hurricane season is upon us, and it’s time to ensure that your facility is prepared to weather the storm.
Three days after making landfall, some 523,000 homes and businesses were still without power in North and South Carolina due to Hurricane Florence. And there are still 10 weeks left in the Atlantic hurricane season.
Businesses, facilities, buildings and government offices in affected areas can expect to experience network downtime, impairing emergency response and recovery efforts, disrupting business activities, and impacting the ability to keep mission-critical operations running smoothly.
“Continuity during disasters is imperative for businesses and government agencies,” says Mike Cook, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Hughes Network Systems.
“Broadband satellite services provide network connectivity that continues to operate when terrestrial networks, including cell towers, are severely damaged. Incorporating satellite services into emergency planning and response activities enables businesses and government agencies to maintain uninterrupted internet connections needed to facilitate disaster response and day-to-day operations such as sending and receiving emails, processing orders, sharing information and checking inventory. We encourage businesses and government agencies to follow our recommendations to ensure that they stay connected during the hurricane season.”
Hughes offers some tips to make it through hurricane season with your operations unhindered:
- Have a back-up generator and plenty of batteries on hand. Maintaining electrical power will be a top priority. Without electrical power, you will not be able to maintain your internet connection.
- Subscribe to a resilient, high-speed internet service, such as satellite broadband, so decision makers and emergency operators can stay connected, as well as to ensure that your email, product orders and other critical information can be maintained should your terrestrial network fail.
- Prepare and protect critical data. Evaluate which applications and data are essential, such as Continuity of Operations (COOP)/emergency response plans, accounting documents, inventory logs and constituent information; back up the information in a timely manner, and store the data in a safe, secure and dependable facility. Since data may be lost due to flooding, consider storing data at an off-site location.
- Keep at least one corded phone connected to a wall jack to ensure that your office has telecommunications service in the event of an electrical-only outage.
- Do not hesitate to go on alert. If you believe you are at risk of losing service for an extended period of time, put your web-hosting provider on alert.
This article was published on June 1, 2011 and was updated on September 18, 2018 by staff writer Sarah Kloepple.
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