Protecting Your Business During Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is upon us and it will only be picking up pace between now and the end of November. The official time period for Hurricane Season in the Atlantic is June 1st through November 30th, peaking around September 10th. The Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season lasts a little bit longer, beginning May 15th and going through November 30th. So while we have been experiencing tropical storms for a couple months, we are just now entering the eye of the storm season.

On average, ten tropical storms are serious enough to be named each hurricane season. Of these ten storms, six become hurricanes, and 2-3 are major hurricanes. While these are just averages, they illustrate the frequency of serious hurricanes each season. Thus, if you live in a region commonly affected by hurricanes, it is beneficial to know how to keep your business protected.

While you can’t prevent hurricanes from occurring, you can protect your business from extreme damage and data loss. Backup power is vital to many industries during hurricane season.  For example, TV and Radio stations cannot afford to lose power during serious storms because they are relied on to provide severe weather updates. Therefore, they must have dependable backup power systems.  It is also important for hospitals to have working backup power in times of emergency. With severe weather comes storm-related injuries and it is imperative that hospitals are able to treat such injuries. In addition, there are thousands of hospitalized individuals relying on machines to keep them alive. Even a flicker while the power transfers from utility to backup could be detrimental to these patients.

Community evacuation centers are available to provide relief for victims of the hurricanes and must have backup generators to manage operations. In addition, grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores use backup power to keep things up and running after the hurricane has come and gone.

No matter the industry, backup power is necessary to keep your assets protected in the case of power outages.  In addition, shelters are ideal for protecting your telecommunication equipment from hurricane-produced winds and flying debris. After the hurricane has left, mobile cell towers are often deployed to keep people connected in areas where cell towers were taken out or damaged. Overall, the telecommunication industry serves a major role in the protection and rebuilding of areas affected by hurricanes.

Photo Credit: Beaufort County Disaster Recovery

Photo Credit: Beaufort County Disaster Recovery

Next Wednesday’s blog will break down the components of a backup power system and explain how they work together to keep your business powered.

Extreme Heat Means Higher Risk of Blackouts

The season for heat waves and extreme humidity is upon us, which means the threat of blackouts couldn’t be greater.  Throughout the United States, people are avoiding the heat by staying indoors, close to their ice-cold air conditioners.  While it is amazing that so many people have access to AC in their homes and businesses, power grids are threatened due to record uses of such appliances. With everybody using more electricity than usual, we are at risk of brownouts and blackouts.  This week, we are going to explain these occurrences and offer recommendations for preventing them and staying protected when they do happen.

In case you are not familiar with the terminology, blackouts and brownouts refer to the different levels of power loss that affect large areas.  A blackout is a full power outage resulting in complete loss of power, usually for a short amount of time.  When this occurs, the power company works hard to get the area back up and running.  A brownout is a sag in voltage which affects different appliances in different ways.  It may be short term or long term, depending on the severity, and intentional or unintentional.  Intentional brownouts are sometimes initiated in order to preserve energy during peak times. Unintentional brownouts may occur when the power grid is strained and the voltage struggles to stay up.

Such power surges are common right now due to summer storms, severe droughts, and especially, heat waves.  When it gets dangerously hot outside, more people turn on their air conditioning and remain indoors using electricity during peak hours. Thus, the power grid becomes strained by the high electricity demand and may fail as a result.  In addition, certain appliances work harder in the heat, such as air conditioners, refrigerators, and freezers. Luckily, these power outages can be prevented.

By being cautious of energy use, people can help prevent a widespread power outage.  You can help the cause by avoiding using large appliances, like laundry machines, during peak hours of the day.  You should also turn off any unneeded lights or appliances. Safety is important so we are not asking that you turn off your AC while home in the heat. Instead, you can turn it off if you will be gone for an extended period of time, or you can go to a designated cooling center in your area.  This is like an air conditioning ‘car pool’.  Cooling centers should have backup generators in order to keep attendees safe and cool even in the case of a power outage.

On the other hand, businesses have a lot of work to do and cannot afford to call off the work day due to extreme heat.  They also cannot afford to lose power. Thus, your company should plan on staying protected in the case of a power outage by investing in a backup generator and power equipment.  With a generator, ATS, UPS, and rectifier, if the power does go out, your backup power will kick on immediately, keeping your business up and running. Systems won’t go down, money and customers won’t be lost, and food won’t spoil.  No matter the industry you are in, backup generators will protect your business. Better to get your backup power equipment now, than when the outage occurs.

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Hurricane season is picking up speed! Join us next Wednesday and learn how to protect your equipment and data in the midst of tropical storms.

Now Offering Tower Services

Your telecom site is vital to the success of your business and at Lattice we understand the importance of keeping your site serviced and in top-notch condition.  Whether you have an existing structure or are looking to build one, our full list of newly offered tower services can greatly benefit your site.  The general overview of our tower services include site audits, tower construction, tower erection, tower modifications, antenna and line work, civil work such as electrical, foundation, and fiber to the site, and site decommissioning.  With this week’s blog we hope to help you better understand the benefits of these towers services and why we are offering them to you.

There are a handful of basic elements of tower construction. To begin, the site is surveyed in order to set a hub, boundaries, a site plan, etc.  A site audit is then created documenting the overview of the site.  Soil properties such as water level, skin friction, cohesiveness, and safety factors are noted. Construction drawings offer a variety of site plans, details, and tower drawings so as to bring together the overall project plan.  An expansive list of design elements are considered including space, zoning, elevations, exposure, wind region, environment, and more.  A host of other things are considered during tower construction through to tower erection. This extensive and exhaustive procedure ensures that no stone is left unturned.

If your preexisting structure demands updates or removal, we offer tower modifications, civil work, antenna/line work, and decommissioning. Perhaps you would like to replace your tower’s copper wire with fiber.  Our tower climbers will survey your site and make the necessary adjustments.  Any work that requires access to the top of the tower can be completed safely and efficiently by our knowledgeable tower staff.  If you are in need of a team to remove your tower site, we can do that as well.

Finally, we offer closeout documentation to ensure that your project was completed with the utmost levels of professionalism and efficiency. Test reports, progressive photos, and inspection reports are automatically provided.  Our all-encompassing tower services are designed to meet your every need and promise the long-lasting quality of your telecom product.

To learn more about the tower services offered, call our toll free number at 1-888-926-7541.

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Next week’s blog will discuss the regular occurrence of brown and black-outs during the summer season and how you can stay protected.

Helping You Pick The Right Shelter

Have you been searching for that perfect shelter to protect your expensive telecommunication equipment? As you have probably figured out, there are several materials to choose from.  Lattice Communications offers fiberglass, concrete, and metal shelters to meet your project specifications and understanding the advantages of each will help you to make an informed decision.

Concrete

Concrete shelters offer extreme durability against harsh weather conditions and other external forces.  If you are placing your shelter in an area prone to high winds and strong storms, a concrete shelter will ensure top-notch protection. They can withstand powerful storm damage including 150mph maintained winds and flying debris. In addition, Lattice concrete shelters are bullet-proof, boasting a strong and protective exterior.  Concrete is generally mold and mildew resistant, protecting against erosion to promise a long-lasting product.  Boring insects are also no match for concrete shelters.  Finally, concrete shelters are energy efficient and designed for ground-mounted telecom and data equipment protection.  We offer many used shelters in a variety of sizes as large as 12’ X 36’. If you would prefer a brand new shelter, our customized concrete shelters are built and designed to customer specifications.  For those in need of a heavy-duty, long-lasting shelter, concrete is your solution.

Fiberglass

These light-weight shelters offer easy relocation while still maintaining durability and reliability during severe weather. Fiberglass shelters are built to last for decades by never rusting, rotting, or succumbing to mold or mildew.  They can withstand up to 125mph winds, flying debris, and offer a roof design with high snow capability. Thus, if your shelter will be facing frigid winters, fiberglass can stand up to the challenge. Maintenance-free, air tight, and environmentally sound, Lattice offers a variety of fiberglass shelters, ranging from 7’8 X 7’3 to 12’ X 26’ in size. If you are searching for low-cost shelter with an attractive exterior, fiberglass shelters are your best option.

Metal

Constructed from either stainless steel or aluminum, metal shelters weigh less than other telecom shelters making them easy to relocate and ideal for rooftop placement. They offer a great weight-to-strength ratio and a budget-friendly alternative to housing your important equipment. Aluminum shelters may even be painted to match other existing structures. If you would like a light-weight shelter that is easy to alter, look into metal.

If you are still not sure which is best for you project, contact one of Lattice’s product experts today!

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Be sure to set aside some time next Wednesday to read all about Lattice Tower Services and why we began offering this for you.

Fourth of July and the Many Uses of Telecom Equipment

Tomorrow is the 4th of July and people all across the country are loading up their coolers, cleaning off their grills, and preparing for a spectacular fireworks show.  If you are planning on attending your town’s 4th of July celebration, you will certainly come across telecom equipment. Many people do not realize that the activities they will be partaking in this 4th of July require the use of towers, generators, and more.

Are you attending your town’s fireworks display this year? This is probably a big event that will entail music, games, food vendors, and a lot of people!  Telecommunication equipment is necessary to keep such an event running smoothly.

As far as power equipment goes, generators will be used to power up the appliances needed by food vendors.  Even if you happen to be attending a festival at which food is sold from actual stores with their own power supply, backup generators and automatic transfer switches are necessary protection for power outages.  It would be very unfortunate for a food vendor to lose power, resulting in food spoilage and inability to serve customers. Thus, a backup generator and ATS ensure that if the power were to go out, the food would be safe and customers happy.

Will there be live outdoor music at your town’s 4th of July celebration? If so, generators are absolutely necessary.  At outdoor events, there are typically no existing power sources. Thus, generators must be brought in to power lighting and sound equipment.  If an artist is performing at night for a crowd larger than 20 and with instruments that require power, a backup generator will be used. Without this, the crowd would not be able to see or hear the show and the band may even be unable to play certain instruments.

Finally, and very importantly, mobile towers are needed at large, outdoor events for a multitude of things.  You will most likely see the deployment of COWs (cell on wheels) throughout the festival area.  These can serve many purposes including cellphone connections, radio and television news connections, and PA systems.  With so many cellphone users in one area, trying to connect with and find one another, COWs are pertinent to avoiding jammed signals. Your local radio and TV stations covering the event will need mobile towers to connect with their station headquarters and viewers throughout the community. Finally, PA systems are absolutely necessary for simple notifications as well as warning attendees of storms and other dangers.  Mobile towers can be used to set up surveillance, lighting, and PA systems so that those in attendance are safe and the event runs smoothly.

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Visit us next week when we compare concrete, fiberglass, and metal shelters and discuss the advantages of each.