Rentboy.com Hurricane Sandy Report from New York City Offices
Nov 5, 2012
Hurricane Sandy hit the New York regional area hard last week. For the world’s largest male escort site, Rentboy.com, online service has now been restored, but for seven days the site was down around the world. The storm caused billions of dollars in damage on the East Coast, destroyed thousands of homes, left millions without electric service, and killed over a hundred people.
Rentboy.com, with its office and server building in downtown New York City, found itself coping with flooded basements and no power. ”Our I.T. department always planned on a backup in the case of a natural disaster, they just never planned for 38 feet of seawater in the basement of our data center,” said Jeffrey Davids, CEO of Rentboy.com.
For the most part, the hurricane led to logistical nightmares for the company, but not property damage or loss of data. Rentboy.com will continue to have the best customer service and highest viewer traffic numbers in the industry, thanks to improvisation in the face of transit woes and other nightmares. While Rentboy.com has recovered, the future is still in limbo for hundreds of buildings in downtown NYC, see article.
"Our main concern is that all of our employees and local escorts advertising their services are safe; and hopefully this week will be business as usual.”
"There’s been chaos dealing with restoring power and a lot of extra stress for everyone," Davids said. "It was a crazy week for us, but we feel very fortunate. There are people without homes and there are lost lives, and our hearts and prayers go out to them. But New Yorkers are amazing and we are die-hard New Yorkers."
Rentboy.com understands that escorts around the world lost business during last week’s service disruption. Our IT and sales department are working full time this week to add back the lost time.
- MONTHLY ADS will automatically receive 8 days added to their purchased ad time.
- TRAVEL ADS will automatically receive store credit for the days their individual ads were down.
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Thank you for your patience during this devastating national emergency. The Rentboy.com site is almost 100% back to normal and our employees are working as hard as we can, while also dealing with local transportation difficulties and data center cleanup. ~Staff of Rentboy.com
The following agencies are among those accepting contributions to assist people affected by Hurricane Sandy:
American Red Cross www.redcross.org/hurricane-sandy
Brooklyn Recovery Fund www.brooklynrecoveryfund.org
Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City www.nyc.gov/html/fund/html/home/home.shtml
Salvation Army www.salvationarmyusa.org
United Way Sandy Recovery Fund uwsandyrecovery.org