Safeguarding Connectivity: 2023 Hurricane Season

NJFX is Built purpose and always prepared

As 2023 hurricane season approaches, it is crucial for organizations in hurricane-prone regions to review their disaster preparedness. NJFX, the first Tier III carrier neutral colocation CLS in New Jersey, plays a vital role in global connectivity as a key interconnection hub, ensuring hurricane preparedness is of paramount importance.

NOAA has predicted 12 to 17 total named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher). Of those, 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher).

We would like to highlight the measures taken by NJFX to safeguard its operations and infrastructure against the potential impact of hurricanes during the 2023 season.

Redundant Power and Connectivity in Built Purpose Facility:

Maintaining uninterrupted power and connectivity is crucial during a hurricane. NJFX has implemented redundant power systems, including backup generators and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units, to ensure continuous operations in the event of a power outage. Built as a Hurricane 5-resistant infrastructure that includes N+1 indoor generators with onsite fuel for up to five days of uninterrupted emergency service. Our facility is equipped with diverse fiber-optic connections and over thirty network operators offering redundancy to mitigate potential disruptions.

Emergency Response and Communication:

NJFX has a well-defined emergency response plan in place, including clear communication protocols to efficiently disseminate information during a hurricane. DHS (Department of Homeland Security) also helps protect critical infrastructure from natural disasters, like hurricanes. As peak Atlantic hurricane season looms, NJFX is secure 64-feet above sea level and outside the NY/NJ metro area, making it impervious to tidal surge and ideal for disaster recovery.  DHS works with facilities like NJFX to make sure telecommunications infrastructure is up and running in times of emergency, which is crucial for public safety communications.

Employee Training and Safety:

NJFX recognizes that well-trained employees are vital to maintaining a safe and secure environment during a hurricane. Continuous training sessions are conducted to educate staff members on emergency protocols, evacuation procedures, and the use of safety equipment. By empowering employees with knowledge and skills, NJFX fosters a culture of preparedness and safety.

Hurricanes pose a significant threat to coastal regions, and NJFX is committed to prioritizing hurricane preparedness to protect its operations and ensure minimal disruption to its customers.  Through a proactive and dedicated approach to disaster preparedness, NJFX sets an example for other organizations in hurricane-prone areas, emphasizing the importance of safeguarding critical infrastructure and ensuring the safety and resilience of their operations.

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