Hurricane Sandy Disrupts East Coast: Will Telework Keep Agencies Running?
Over the past few days, the East Coast of the United States has been bracing itself for Hurricane Sandy. While residents have been preparing houses for impact, organizations have been working to ensure continuity of operations despite the intense storm.
While many are directly impacted, there are also those who are or will be indirectly impacted by cancelled flights, the shutdown of mass transit, and other travel-related impact, such as trees down, roads closed, etc. For those workers, the ability to telework could have a tremendous impact on their employer, whether an agency, organization or business.
As a member of the U.S. public sector team at Cisco, I have to say how proud I continue to be of the Cisco team and the repeated internal calls & reminders to monitor our partners, our customers and our colleagues and to keep communication open in case of any issues or concerns. The message has consistently been to be safe, be remote and telework if possible.
Of course, with a hurricane as massive and with as much damage potential as Hurricane Sandy, it will be critical for federal agencies to stay in constant communication for disaster recovery and monitoring the effects of the storm. In order to help ensure communication stays open during an emergency situation, Cisco Systems’ Tactical Operations (TACOPS) provides emergency communications for customers in disaster and other crisis situations. The teams deploy with satellite-based communications kits, radios and the Cisco Network Emergency Response Vehicles (NERV) to assist first responders, and governments.
If you are in the path of the storm, the CDC recently shared tips to make sure you are best prepared for Hurricane Sandy: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57541983/are-you-prepared-for-hurricane-sandy-cdc-has-tips/
To all my colleagues and friends on the east coast, be safe, take care of yourself and your families and look out for your neighbors if you can.