By Julie Fleming, Information Technology
PrimeNet Direct Marketing Solutions definitely has a huge advantage when it comes to Hurricane Season in Florida, and here’s why:
Direct Mail vs. Florida’s Hurricane Season:
PrimeNet, 10 : Weather, 0. Hurricane Season is arriving once again on the East Coast. Running from June 1st to November 30th each year, hurricanes and tropical storms can wreak havoc once they make landfall, damaging homes and businesses, uprooting trees, tossing around structures and spawning powerful tornadoes which can destroy any (unprepared) thing in their path. They can cause widespread power outages, internet outages, and utility outages forcing business to close up shop for awhile, and the list goes on. Hurricanes are absolutely not our friend when it comes to our coexistence. But the good news is:
We take our direct mail business very seriously at PrimeNet, and are highly prepared for whatever nature decides to toss our way.
Our facility in Florida was built to tall-order specifications and is Category 3 protected, with our data center inside the facility reinforced to Category 5 protection. Our Data Center is housed in an enclosed structure within the Florida facility, and has a hefty power supply backed up by well-maintained onsite generators. Our data centers in both Largo, Florida and Shakopee, Minnesota, which back up each other, are constructed of poured concrete reinforced by rebar, filled with a special waterproof material and are finished with an additional layer of water resistant material for ultimate weather protection. Watch a short video on our Data Centers here.
We know your direct mail message is important, and with our secure data centers and facilities we at PrimeNet Direct Marketing Solutions have ensured that we won’t let weather slow us down.
Some Hurricane Facts:
- The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The areas covered include the North Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
- The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as “an intense tropical weather system with well-defined circulation and sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or higher.”
- Hurricanes are rated according to intensity on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. A 1-5 scale estimating potential property damage.
A Category 3 or higher is considered a MAJOR hurricane.The National Hurricane Center advises on how to be prepared.
A hurricane watch indicates the possibility that a region could experience hurricane conditions within 48 hours. A hurricane warning indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 36 hours.
Just for Knowledge:
Hurricane names for 2016 are:
Alex, January 14, 2016 (the first hurricane to form in January since 1938)
Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Matthew, Nicole, Otto, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tobias, Virginie, Walter
As of April 14th, 2016, The Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University has made the prediction that the “2016 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have approximately average activity.” Predicted are a total of 13 named storms and six hurricanes.
In May of 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will make its annual hurricane season forecast.
Feel free to check out our tips for your business to stay prepared.