Hurricane JoaquinThe potential for a very serious threat from Hurricane Joaquin this weekend exists for Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. We hate to sound alarmist but want to ensure you are thinking about and taking proactive steps necessary to prepare your organization for potential power outages, wind damage, and/or flooding.

Powering Down Your Workstations If you do not customarily do so, we recommend shutting down workstations prior to the storm’s arrival.

Move Workstations to a Higher Location If your office is located in a low lying area that is prone to flooding, move workstations to a higher location. Desktops that are normally on the floor should be placed on desks. If your server is located on the floor, please call us so that we may assist in helping you move it.

Preparing for Power Outages Freedom client’s networks and systems will be actively monitored. Should you lose power, we will contact you when power is restored to help bring your systems back online.

Your Uninterrupted Power Supplies (UPS) are not intended to keep your systems up for an extended period of time and as such, you should take precautionary measures to save files and power down equipment as necessary.

On-Premise Email Servers If you have an on-premise email server and are a Freedom Mail Security client, inbound emails will be queued and be delivered when power is restored.

If you have questions about powering down your servers, please contact us 703-961-1840 option 2 or email us at support@solutionworx.com and we will be happy to help. If you are unable to contact us through email or phone, we will be actively monitoring our Facebook page. Please feel free to reach out to us by writing on our Facebook Wall (http://facebook.com/solutionworx).

Here are a few additional resources to help prepare your organization and family for disasters.
http://www.redcross.org/prepare
http://www.dhs.gov/how-do-i/prepare-my-business-emergency
http://www.ready.gov/

Please print a copy of this email so that you have our contact information should you lose power or are unable to access to your email.

We wish you a safe trip through whatever Mother Nature brings your way this weekend and beyond. Please reach out and let us know how we can help!

Thanks,
The SolutionWorx Team