|The ASJA Weekly|
|Nov. 1, 2012|
We've Been Sandy'd!
We're temporarily affected by the storm that hit New York City. The ASJA office in Times Square appears to be intact and our servers are still running. But none of the staff can get to the office, at least for a day or two. This means that we can still respond to some emails (use firstname.lastname@example.org for the time being, Alex can take those at home). Phones might or might not take messages but don't expect any immediate response.
Almost half of our membership lives and works in areas affected by the storm. We hope everyone is all right and that any property damage is small.
A lot of members are checking in on the ASJA Forums as they get back their power and Internet service.
We'll be back to normal as quick as possible. Check our website for news.
— Steve Morrill, ASJA Web Editor More
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