AppRiver announced it will once again partner with the Florida Chamber of Commerce to offer free emergency email protection, including spam and virus filtering, for all Florida businesses during the 2007 hurricane season.
Now in its third year, the “Digital Disaster Preparedness” program is designed to protect and preserve email traffic for those small businesses whose IT infrastructures are directly threatened by a hurricane. From June 1 to November 30, Florida businesses with an internet domain name can activate the service online in less than 10 minutes once their area has been issued a hurricane warning.
Once a company signs up for the service, AppRiver will monitor that company’s email server activity. If the receiving server is affected by a hurricane, AppRiver will begin queuing the business’ incoming email messages in one of its own securely located data centers until that company’s email servers are up and running again. The company can also request for its email to be redirected elsewhere or made available online, so the business can remain functional during the storm and the post-storm recovery period.
“As a business that relies heavily on secure email services, we know first-hand how critical email is to function in today’s business market, and we hope to make it easier for other businesses to avoid the lost customers and lost opportunities that can come with the disruption of email service,” said Michael Murdoch, CEO of AppRiver. “We’re excited to be able to offer this service to all Florida companies, who are especially vulnerable to hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters.”
“We’re looking forward to teaming up again with AppRiver to help other Florida businesses protect their operations throughout the hurricane season,” said Blake Gehres, Chief Technology Officer, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We hope all Florida companies will take advantage of this valuable service if their area is issued a hurricane warning.”
To access the free service, businesses need only visit the Florida Chamber web site (www.floridachamber.com) or the AppRiver web site (www.appriver.com) and click the button marked “Digital Disaster Preparedness.” Users will be guided through a simple process from that point or they can call AppRiver at 1-866-223-4645.