When Hurricane Sandy struck the northeast U.S. in the fall of 2012, it entered the record books as the second most expensive hurricane in recorded U.S. history, causing more than $50 billion in damages by preliminary estimates. Long Island’s Suffolk and Nassau counties suffered significant impacts from the storm. According to FEMA, storm and tidal surges in the two counties flooded, damaged or destroyed an estimated 95,500 structures, including 44 power and electrical generation facilities, 28 fire stations, 26 schools, three police stations and a major medical center.
Long Island’s power customers were among the hardest hit by power outages. Nearly 1 million of the local utility’s 1.1 million customers were without power immediately after the storm washed ashore in New Jersey on October 29. The power was not fully restored to all Long Island customers until more than two weeks later. Many businesses and organizations don’t have enough IT resources, but that doesn’t mean they were unprotected. By outsourcing IT operations, they were able to ensure highly reliable and secure, 24x7x365 network performance.
This solutions brief describes how one Long Island-based technology provider ensured that its customers networks and their IT assets were prepared for the storm and impending power outages, flooding and other damages.