Telecommuting and Electricity — When Your Job Relies on Power - Page 2
If you don't lose Internet access and do use the generator, be sure to plug into a UPS or power supply strips that will help to protect your (often corporate-issued) computer from being destroyed by sudden surges in power.
Renting a Hotel Room — Who Pays?
If you're required to use an ethernet port (i.e. no wireless permitted) for telecommuting, you may have to shell out the cost of a hotel room until power is restored at home. Starbucks won't do.
Most homeowner's policies and renter's insurance will not cover the cost, but if you do have damage to your home or apartment that warrants getting a hotel room, do some due diligence and call your insurance company to ask about coverage or, if you qualify for disaster assistance, check with government officials. You may get a nice room at your local hotel for free. Just make sure they have the Internet service you need!
While telecommuting allows companies to maintain smooth workflow during some weather events, like snowstorms, the risk of losing residential power is part of the trade off that comes from working at home. If your local library or coffee shop with Wifi doesn't cut it, and if power loss becomes a fairly frequent event, that solar set up or generator may look better and better vs. hefty hotel bills.