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Thursday, 22 November 2007 03:30

Hurricane-Ravaged Businesses Maintain Critical Communications

Written by  Mark Scully

A natural disaster is just that – a disaster. But one redeeming factor about hurricanes is that unlike an earthquake or fire, there is advance notice of the impending onslaught. Although meteorologists cannot pinpoint exactly where or just how powerful a hurricane may be, residents and businesses are at least aware of the potential for complications. These complications range from complete devastation to the less severe – but still significant – power or phone outages. Last summer’s hurricane season was arguably one of the worst in history. With four major hurricanes in just six weeks, businesses up and down the state of Florida and in neighboring states had to endure hurricanes Jeanne, Ivan, Frances and Charley while still doing their best to maintain business for their employees and customers. While many companies had no choice but to close their doors and lose significant income, those with business continuity systems in place