Hurricane Preparedness Week: Is Your Campus Ready?


For Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 7-13),Campus Safetysat down with Lawrence Zacarese, the assistant chief of police and director of the Office of Emergency Management at Stony Brook University.

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy forced university officials to overcome a series of challenges.

The biggest struggle for Stony Brook was losing its campus network. Although the school had three different internet service providers, all three came through a battery tunnel from lower Manhattan that filled with 14 feet of water during Hurricane Sandy.

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Stony Brook had a failover system, but it required a campus IP address to access and, with internet down across the campus, officials were unable to produce one (now the school has five different ISPs with different routes to campus for redundancy in addition to theRave Mobile SafetyGuardian campus safety app).


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