Hurricane Season Problem Prevention

06/01/2011 |


The 2011 hurricane season is upon us, and it’s time to ensure that your facility is prepared to weather the storm.

According to researchers from John Hopkins and Texas A&M University, during the last five major hurricanes, nearly 30,000 businesses and government entities were forced to cease operations due to power outages and loss of Internet connectivity.

The 2011 hurricane season is expected to be above normal with an estimated 17 named storms and nine hurricanes -five of which will be Category 3 or higher.

Businesses, facilities, buildings, and government offices 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, senior vice president at 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 e-mails, 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 e-mail, 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. 

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