Squarespace and Hurricane Sandy

Read about the lengths these guys went to in order to keep all of the sites online. Remarkable.

  • Hedwig Guerra

    As a paying squarespace customer, I am more than satisfied with their effort. I’ve been in a similar situation before and I can attest their challenge is a hard one. Posting here since comments are closed on http://status.squarespace.com.

  • Remarkable, yet disturbing that so many internet companies had absolutely shoddy disaster planning in place. Sandy was not a significantly strong storm, compared to other tropical cyclones that the Atlantic has produced in the past 5-10 years.

    • John W Baxter

      Sandy as a tropical hurricane was not particularly strong. Sandy as merged with other large systems was–one hopes–a once-in-a-lifetime event. Lowest pressure was amazingly low.

      Exactly why one puts such facilities on low-lying near-shore land, with emergency fuel in the basement isn’t terribly clear. It likely has something to do with the Dutch habit of building below sea level.

      • The storm surge would’ve been what it was whether or not it had merged with the cold front. Either way, a 100 year flood doesn’t mean it only happens every hundred years. It means there’s a 1/100 chance of it happening every year. You could have another one next year. Either way, services like these not having a backup plan (especially Gawker) is almost criminal.

  • Steven Fisher

    I think Hedwig’s got a better link; you get a lot more of the story there.