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.

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