After a record-breaking hurricane season in 2020, forecasters warn Americans to brace for yet another active, above-normal season this year. Fortunately, Hughes® helps small businesses prepare for hurricane season with a subscription-based Internet backup service HughesNet® Internet Continuity and offers five tips for storm preparation.
Hurricanes pose a threat to land-based Internet services on which many businesses depend, as high winds and flooding can take down wired connections. HughesNet is powered by satellites in space far above the reach of severe storms. As an Internet backup when primary connections fail, HughesNet Internet Continuity service automatically switches to satellite any time the terrestrial Internet connection goes down.
“Land-based Internet services such as cable and fiber are susceptible to outages from natural disasters like hurricanes and manmade problems like fiber cuts,” said Doug Medina, vice president Business Subscription Services at Hughes. “HughesNet Internet Continuity is an easy and inexpensive way for business owners to have some peace of mind, especially in a time when so many small businesses have experienced uncertainties.”
Mr. Medina continued: “We may not have been able to plan for the unexpected challenges of the last year, but we can plan ahead for hurricane season.”
Here are five tips for small businesses to help prepare for hurricane season:
- Create an Emergency Action Plan Checklist -- include contact details for coworkers, family members and support services; evacuation and shelter-in-place protocols; and log-in details for essential business functions such as web portals, social media and bank accounts.
- Establish Roles and Responsibilities -- to help minimize confusion and ensure that the appropriate actions take place, including maintaining critical operations; contacting customers; and accounting for all employees.
- Download & Bookmark Emergency Information Apps -- such as those from the American Red Cross or FEMA and the National Weather Service Real Time Spotter to track storms locally.
- Establish Communication Channels -- for businesses with more field workers than office personnel, a text-based notification system might be best; if most employees are in-office, email alerts might be more effective.
- Make Provisions for Shelter-in-Place or Evacuation -- have comprehensive plans in place and ensure adequate supplies are on-hand (e.g., food, water, safety kits, batteries, flashlights). Small businesses should also consider adopting a subscription-based Internet connectivity backup service, such as HughesNet Internet Continuity, to help maintain operations and communication channels during unexpected outages.
Putting plans in place before disaster strikes can ensure continuous business operations no matter what happens. Learn more about HughesNet Internet Continuity in this video.