Each year, the Gulf Coast and Eastern seaboard endure nearly six months of storm-prone atmospheric conditions known to meteorologists as the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Officially beginning on June 1st, and ending November 30th, these six months have produced some historically devastating weather, causing an average of approximately $22 billion in damage annually since 2000, hundreds of deaths and countless injuries.
As a result of this seasonal threat to life and property, Datawatch decided to augment its Central Station staff and provide a new service: HurricaneWatch (read news articles about Hurricane Sandy and the increased need for remote access control in the New York Times and Real Estate Finance Intelligence) — an emergency call service that allows building managers and owners to access a single database with status updates during severe weather events or other public-safety emergencies, including bomb threats or destruction, that restrict access.
Employees can call Datawatch Central Station operators to find out if the facility is open, and can submit their own status information — whether they are safe, able to make it to work or any number of other updates you request. Instructions may also be given to employees as they call in. Datawatch can store contingencies for an unlimited number of buildings and employees. Clients can access all of this information online in real time, and the call center is always manned by understanding and courteous personnel.