June 1st marks the beginning of Hurricane Season. Each year for almost six months, the United States gets ready for these swirling, disastrous storms with bottles of water, batteries, and supplies for buttoning down the hatches. But when it comes to VoIP, there is no reason to panic. Here V1 VoIP helps you rest your power outage fears and explains how having VoIP service is actually better in the event a hurricane occurs.
In the event of a power outage caused by a hurricane, your V1 VoIP service is in the Cloud and not the one formed by the storm clouds. This means your V1 VoIP service will still work unlike your former landline locked system. Calls can also be forwarded to your mobile device so your business won’t miss a beat in the case of an emergency.
If a hurricane knocks out the power your calls will also still reach your voicemail. However, if you still want to receive calls, you have two choices, 1. take your SIP phone home with you or 2. simply forward your calls to an external phone number and in a few clicks, your company is still in business!
How easy is it? Simply log into your account, create an External Phone Number (this is free FYI), click on your existing business phone number, open existing business phone number to modify. Modify your existing business phone number to be redirected to the new External Phone number you just created and Save. It’s just that easy!
If you are redirecting your phone number, DO NOT forget to also reconfigure your E911 to the address you have moved the phone. If you are moving your SIP phone, you will also reconfigure your E911 to the address the phone has been temporarily moved. If you are forwarding your calls, please be sure you have a way to dial 911 from that external phone; cell phones may hit a tower that is in an adjacent town and may not provide emergency responders with the proper location of your emergency.
V1 VoIP itself has several redundancy locations, including secured data centers in multiple locations across the country which are equipped to handle emergencies. Since all is in the Cloud you will still have access to your calls and never miss a business beat. V1 VoIP will be here, with our umbrellas and rain gear waiting out the storm alongside you.