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Published:June 2nd, 2012 14:37 EST
Atlantic Hurricane Season begins with Tropical Storm Beryl

Atlantic Hurricane Season begins with Tropical Storm Beryl

By SOP newswire

Tropical Storm Beryl, the most powerful May storm that hit the U.S. in more than 100 years, made landfall early on Monday, bringing drenching rains and driving winds. Thousands in Florida were without power, The Florida Times-Union reported. This is the second named storm this year and hurricane season has not officially started. Numerous utilities have turned to Macrosoft`s Resources on-Demand to manage restoration efforts during a storm or other emergency power outage. 

Specifically designed for electric utilities, 
Resources on-Demand is the Industry Standard and only commercially available storm center automation solution available to the marketplace. The Resources on Demand tool manages resource requests, tracks personnel movements, and supports lodging/logistics during a power restoration event. It is used extensively by both large and small utilities throughout North America and the result has been quicker restoration, cost savings and a streamlined approach to outage management.

"Our clients recognize the inefficiencies of manual processing and spreadsheets to manage storms and appreciate a single central database ensuring consistent and accurate data entry and retrieval by concurrent users," said Jason Singer, Director of Macrosoft`s Utilities Practice. "We look forward to helping utilities to returning power back in an efficient manner this hurricane season."

Customers have indicated that they have been able to shave significant costs associated with a storm through the ability to better track crews and equipment, deploy resources on an expedited basis, and streamline the overall process. In addition, clients say the 
Macrosoft system has allowed them to provide their ratepayers, media and regulatory agencies more accurate information both during and after a major event.

The online survey, "
Emergency Restoration Practices Followed by Utility Companies in North America," was completed by almost 250 utility professionals representing operations of all sizes across North America. With utilities under increasing pressure and scrutiny, the survey presents valuable insights into the realities, unique challenges, and steps taken to improve the emergency restoration process. The full survey results can be downloaded from Macrosoft at 

Outage Central is a web portal designed to help utility emergency`s resource personnel get comprehensive outage links, severe weather alerts, and outage news.