Back to Business as Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts Kick Off
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Back to Business as Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts Kick Off

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our neighbors affected by Hurricane Irma

As we’re so fond of pointing out, Hashed Out and its parent company, The SSL Store™ are headquartered in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. Normally, this means beautiful tropical weather and the faint sounds of the bay just a few blocks from our office. Unfortunately, this past weekend it also meant the arrival of Hurricane Irma as it traveled up the west coast of Florida.

So, as the state began to mandate evacuations at the end of last week we temporarily shuttered operations to ensure that our employees and their families could make necessary arrangements in preparation for the incoming hurricane. Our St. Petersburg office remained closed from Friday, September 8 through Monday, September 11.

We’re fortunate to report that our company, including all employees, made it through the storm safely and relatively unscathed. While we do still have a few people waiting for power to come back, or for air travel to resume, the vast majority of us were able to return to work this morning.

We’d also like to take a quick moment to thank all of the first responders and volunteers around the Tampa-St.Petersburg area that helped to keep us safe during the storm. We look forward to finding ways to donate our time, resources and efforts towards helping our neighbors in the Tampa Bay Area rebuild.

If you would like to assist the state of Florida as it recovers from Hurricane Irma, you we invite you to donate to one of the following charities:

While we were lucky to make it through the storm without major incident, many around the state and throughout the Southeast United States were not so lucky. Particularly around Florida there are an estimated 5-million people still without power, entire neighborhoods still underwater and what will likely total in the billions in terms of damage. Please keep the victims of Hurricane Irma in your heart.

And now, for lack of a better way to put it: back to your regularly scheduled programming.

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Patrick Nohe

Patrick started his career as a beat reporter and columnist for the Miami Herald before moving into the cybersecurity industry a few years ago. Patrick covers encryption, hashing, browser UI/UX and general cyber security in a way that’s relatable for everyone.