August 27, 2012

Hurricane Issac Preparations

Dear Valued Customers:

With the threat of Hurricane Issac in the Gulf of Mexico, Hunt Telecom and Integrated Data Systems would like to remind you that business continuity planning remains in the forefront of our minds. We will continue to conduct operations before, during and after any storm to ensure that disruptions from Hurricane Issac or any other undesirable events translate into minimal interruptions in service to our customers.

In the event that Hurricane Issac does continue to track towards our service area, all official updates from the Hunt Family of Companies can be found on this blog.


Sincerely,
Management

Hurricane Isaac Update and Links

Current Update to Isaac Preparations:
Hunt Telecom and Integrated Data Systems are prepared for Isaac. We have fueled all generator tanks, arranged fuel deliveries if needed after the storm, arranged backup generators at critical network infrastructure points if we happen to lose a generator due to malfunction, stocked up on food and other items needed for our engineers to ride out the storm at our NOC and at our different collocation sites. All data files have been backed up, checked and have multiple copies stored at multiple locations. All employees have completed contact forms so we know where everyone is and how to get in contact with them. We have had several calls from customers concerning how they should prepare there office equipment. There is a lot of work that goes into preparing for a storm but here are the most important ones that you should have time to perform.

  1. Make good backups of all your data, and insure you have offsite copies of these backups.

  2. Check the backups to make sure they are complete.

  3. Unplug your computers and servers from electrical outlets making sure to label any cables if you do not know where to plug them back in.

  4. If your office is in an area prone to flooding get the computers and servers off the floor.


We will also post a list of important phone numbers and web links below which will containt everything from traffic information, traffic webcams, to Red Cross and State Police contact information.

Google Maps showing Traffic Flow on Interstates around New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=new+orleans,+la&ie=UTF8&layer=t&ll=30.311246,-90.348816&spn=1.19977,2.680664&z=9



IMPORTANT LINKS AND NUMBERS

Louisiana State Police
web address: http://www.lsp.org/
HQ Front Desk: 225-925-6006
Road Closure Hotline: 800-469-4828

Troop A (Baton Rouge)
225-754-8500 or 800-969-2059

Troop B (Kenner)
504-471-2775 or 800-964-8076

Troop L (Mandeville)
985-893-6250 or 888-339-8659

Mississippi State Police
web address: http://www.dps.state.ms.us/dps/dps.nsf/Divisions/hp?OpenDocument
Phone: 601-360-0054

Alabama State Police
web address: http://www.dps.state.al.us/
Phone: 866-438-4636

Shelter Information
Red Cross- 1(866)-GET-INFO (438-4636)
web address: http://www.redcross.org

Hurricane Assistance
Alabama Hurricane Assistance - http://disaster.ema.alabama.gov/
Florida Hurricane Assistance - http://www.floridadisaster.org/
Louisiana Hurricane Assistance - http://www.ohsep.louisiana.gov/
Mississippi Hurricane Assistance - http://www.msema.org/index.htm

Federal Government Agencies and Recovery Response
FEMA
web address: www.fema.gov
1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
Speech or hearing impaired may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585

Disaster Help Gateway - https://disasterhelp.gov/portal/jhtml/index.jhtml
Department of Homeland Security - http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/
White House Focus on Hurricane Relief - http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/hurricane/

Health and Safety Information
The Center for Disease and Control (CDC) Heath and Safety in Hurricanes - http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/index.asp

National Emergency Response Center
1-800-424-8802
1-202-267-2675