Hurricane Gustav

Law Firm Uses Technology to Operate During Hurricane Gustav

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Founded shortly after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Wolfe Law Group—with offices in New Orleans and Seattle—is using technology to continue to function during Hurricane Gustav.

The four-lawyer firm represents contractors and suppliers in the construction business. Its telephone system runs on Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), so calls can be answered anywhere there is an Internet connection. All of its documents are stored electronically, backed up on servers at both its offices, according to the firm’s blog, which appears on the homepage of its website.

The firm is also on the leading edge of mobile communications, which may be of particular importance when clients and potential clients are away from their computers—but with their cell phones and BlackBerrys—during Hurricane Gustav and its immediate aftermath.

It launched a mobile website on Aug. 1, with all the content of its regular website formatted for the smaller screens of Internet-capable cell phones and BlackBerrys, according to its blog.

It also has a Twitter feed—a microblogging service in which messages can be no longer than 140 characters, but which can be updated and read from any mobile device.

At midday Sunday, the Twitter feed reported there were already problems with phone numbers in New Orleans 504 area code, and urged clients to call the firm’s Seattle office.

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