Hurricane Season starts June 1st and it runs until November 30th for the Atlantic, and the Eastern Pacific Season has already started on May 15th and runs until November 30th. Many people that are residing in coastal areas run the risk of being affected by a Hurricane. About 2.1 million people live full-time in these areas and that number has only slightly gone down over the past eight years. This may be due to the fact that the housing market is in sort of a crunch that has left some homes in prime coastal location available, vacant, and half-built, etc. Whatever the reason is it is important to have a plan to avoid or help prevent being in the middle of a natural disaster. HughesNet wants to help during the peak months of Hurricane Season by announcing an emergency networking solution in anticipation of Hurricane Season. Hughes Emergency Services include network restoral, post-event response and preparedness satellite solutions designed to provide robust, expedited Internet connectivity for government and business when a disaster strikes.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Irene caused over $15 billion in damage and killed 49 people, making it the biggest event of the year. This year, meteorologists have mixed feelings about the projections, as some predicted fewer storms but the storms that do occur will take place closer to the U.S. which will make forecasting more difficult and reduce the amount of time there is to alert residents. “This year’s unpredictable storm reinforces two facts,” said Mike Cook, senior vice president at Hughes. “You cannot predict if a storm will strike, but you can prepare for its worst effects. Businesses and governments must ensure continuity of operations during disasters—which means the ability to respond to immediate citizen and customer needs. But no response is possible without reliable communications. When cell phone towers are damaged and traditional circuits flooded, satellite broadband service ensures that organizations can respond to the disaster and maintain day-to-day operations like sending emails, processing orders, sharing information and checking inventory.” Here are a few tips from HughesNet for Businesses and Government Agencies on what steps to follow in order to stay connected during Hurricane Season 2012:

  • Have a back-up generator and plenty of batteries on hand. Maintaining electrical power should be on the top or your priority list because without it, organizations cannot ensure an Internet connection.
  • Subscribe to a resilient, high-speed internet service, such as satellite broadband, so that decision-makers and emergency operators can stay connected even if terrestrial networks fail.
  • Prepare and protect critical data: Evaluate which applications and information systems are essential. This can include Continuity of Operations (COOP) and emergency response plans, accounting documents, inventory logs, and constituent information.
  • Keep at least one corded phone connected to a wall jack to ensure that offices have telecommunications service in the event of an electrical-only outage.
  • Do not hesitate to go on alert. If a facility is at risk of losing service for an extended period of time, put its Web host provider on alert.
  • Landline connections can be unreliable during significant flooding and windy conditions, forcing operations to cease. This can mean a significant loss of revenue for businesses and disruption of vital government services that are needed most in recovery operations.

HughesNet can provide residents and businesses with the most reliable connections if there is ever a crisis. To learn more about the latest news and updates in satellite Internet providers visit us at Connect Your Home or call (888)566-3979.