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November 02, 2012

Even in the Face of Disaster, Telecommuting Helps Normalcy to Return

By Robbie Pleasant, TMCnet Contributor

Hurricane Sandy has left a path of destruction in its wake. Millions of people along the east coast are without power, but that hasn’t stopped dedicated employees from doing their work from wherever they are. Telecommunication makes it possible, but finding a place to work from is a trickier task.

Those who have had to search for new places to telecommute have been working from the homes of friends and family with power, from coffee shops and even bars. Electricity and an Internet connection are all they need, and both are more readily available now that repairs and recovery are underway.

For now, working from anywhere is the new norm in New York, as long as there’s a place with power. This goes to show the power of telecommuting and unified communications, as it allows for people to go about their workday even in the face of relocation and power outages. It’s a temporary fix, but it works.

There are other stories of people making the most of what power there is, such as an image circling around the Internet of a pair of power strips and a sign that says “We have electricity, feel free to charge your cell phones” that someone hung over their fence. While there may be some who are causing trouble in the wake of destruction, it’s encouraging to see those strong enough to continue going about their lives and helping others recover theirs.

If you want to donate to relief efforts, there are many organizations you can donate to, such as American Red Cross, or The Salvation Army. And if you are one of those working from a coffee shop in New York, waiting for the power to return to your home, know that we’re all doing what we can to help.

Edited by Jamie Epstein
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