Virtual Offices Could Mitigate Extremely Active 2010 Hurricane SeasonThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is expecting an “active to extremely active” hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin this year.
The six-month hurricane season begins June 1. NOAA is predicting a 70 percent possibility of between 14 to 23 named storms, between eight and 14 hurricanes, and between three and seven major hurricanes. NOAA classifies major hurricanes as those that fall into Category 3, 4 and 5 with winds of at least 111 miles per hour.
“If this outlook holds true, this season could be one of the more active on record,” says Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “The greater likelihood of storms brings an increased risk of a landfall. In short, we urge everyone to be prepared.”
That’s bad news for cities on the Atlantic coast, like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, and even further north. One way to mitigate the risk of business interruption during a storm is a virtual office space.
The virtual office can help you keep your business humming even during extended power outages. With a virtual office you get an 800 number that clients can call whether or not you are there to answer.
Better yet, you can get a virtual receptionist to answer the calls, take messages, answer questions about your products and services, give status updates to clients in the wake of the storm, or even continue to make outbound sales calls while you are in recovery mode.
A virtual office company like Davinci Virtual can even help you with temporary office space in another city. Davinci Virtual has a virtual office network that spans every state in the U.S. So whether you are in Houston fleeing north or Tampa fleeing south, you’ll find a Davinci virtual office standing by to accommodating your temporary office needs.
Check out this video report from Bloomberg on the 2010 hurricane season.