Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Mid-Atlantic and the South who have lost their homes and their lives due to the recent summer storms. The recent storms in late June and early July violently ravaged towns, damaged schools, and leveled houses.
The recent storms affected 12 states, from Indiana to Maryland, and left 3 million people without power. The National Weather Service has compiled over 800 reports of homes and businesses damaged by high winds alone from the summer storms.
Storm outages can happen to any business, no matter if it is a Fortune 500 Company, or a Mom–and-Pop store. Even Amazon was not left unscathed when its EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud), located in Northern Virginia, lost power during a storm and took down its clients Netflix, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Another impact of the recent storms was Internet outages for thousands of businesses. A business owner in Rockville, Maryland recently told us that his business’ Internet was inactive for 8 days. I was in Washington DC last week, meeting with a manufacturer of satellite modems. Ironically, they were without Internet access for some time as well. It just goes to show that no matter what industry you work for, Internet outages due to summer storms can happen to you.
Storm outages are crippling for businesses that depend on the Internet for day-to-day operations. According to the US Government, 40% of businesses affected by a natural disaster never reopen, and 62% of businesses do not have an emergency preparedness plan. A little storm preparedness goes a long way.
However, there is hope for the next wave of summer storms. Skycasters can provide you with a backup satellite Internet connection that can help you survive Internet outages caused by destroyed landlines. And if you are a first responder, we have emergency rentals and portable solutions so you can access patients’ emergency medical records and set up a communications network. Summer storms are uncontrollable and we can’t stop them from happening, but it is possible to control the amount of storm preparedness we undertake.