SOURCE: MessageOne

June 08, 2005 11:28 ET

Worst Ever Hurricane Season Predicted: Businesses Must Take Steps to Be Prepared

Free "Executive Guide to Hurricane Preparedness" Available

AUSTIN, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 8, 2005 -- With a worse than average hurricane season predicted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the East and West Coasts, businesses with operations within a hurricane impact zone need to be prepared to address both business continuity during the storm's impact, and disaster recovery after the storm's passing. Besides the obvious safety concerns, poor planning can effect critical business operations and emergency communications channels.

To help organizations prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, MessageOne is offering a free "Executive Guide to Hurricane Preparedness" written by Dorian Cougias, best-selling author of ten disaster recovery books, including the industry-bible now in its third-edition, DISASTER RECOVERY: FROM DESKTOP TO DATACENTER. In addition, Mr. Cougias is professor of computer science at the University of Delaware. To obtain a free copy of the guide, visit the MessageOne web site (www.messageone.com/hurricane).

In today's global business world, even a hurricane is not an excuse for a company's business lifeline to be compromised. Here are a few tips for executives to consider when planning for the hurricane season, from the experts at MessageOne:

--  Communications and Leadership: Decide on a chain of command, keeping
    in mind that not all employees will act rationally during an emergency and
    that not all employees will be available or able to get into the facility
    after the storm.
    
--  Technology: Determine what should be stored off site during a
    hurricane emergency and which computer systems and services need to be kept
    running at a hot site.
    
--  Planning: Establish a plan and be sure that all staff are familiar
    with all parts of the plan -- knowing what to do, how to do it, when to do
    it, and why they are doing it.
    
--  Testing: Test your emergency communications plan. In an emergency,
    your staff will need to know that you are in charge and have a handle on
    the situation, guiding them in what they do.
    
"With this anticipated worst-ever hurricane season, MessageOne stands by at the highest alert levels to assist organizations in preparing for continuity of operations and then delivering the best and most cost-effective solutions to meet their needs," said MessageOne CEO Satin Mirchandani. "MessageOne's crisis management team operates around the clock to support businesses impacted by disasters, such as hurricanes."

During the Florida hurricanes last year, MessageOne provided email continuity and emergency notification services to more than 47,000 employees in 23 different organizations, including many of the largest U.S. law firms, investment banks, insurance and healthcare organizations as wells as Florida state agencies.

About MessageOne

MessageOne (www.messageone.com), headquartered in Austin, Texas, is the fastest growing business continuity company. MessageOne's suite of products includes the Emergency Mail System ™ (EMS), a highly scalable, extremely affordable standby email solution built on Linux; AlertFind™, the leading enterprise emergency notification and escalation platform; and OneSwitch, the only solution to provide automated one button failover service for Windows applications. Founded by Adam Dell, MessageOne customers include Motorola, T. Rowe Price, CIT, Young Broadcasting and MaxRe.

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