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President Signs Disaster Relief Appropriations Act to Assist in Rebuilding Efforts After Sandy

President Obama signed a bill on Tuesday that is designed to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy, which struck the Northeast in October 2012. H.R. 152, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013. The bill was introduced in the House on January 4 and is now public law. It could assist glass companies in the area with its small-business provisions and could also create business as the area works to rebuild many structures damaged in the … Continue reading

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Irene Damages Still Being Assessed

By Sahely Mukerji Glass and glazing companies along the East Coast have re-opened shop today, after Hurricane Irene left estimated several billion dollars in damages, as it barreled up north along the coast over the weekend. On August 28, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency began its damage review of states affected by the hurricane that left at least 11 people dead, according to a Reuters report. “We have seen no major damages in South … Continue reading

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Glass Shops Up and Down the East Coast Prepare for Irene

By Sahely Mukerji Glass and glazing companies along the East Coast are preparing for the hurricane. Virginia and Maryland declared a state of emergency, as Hurricane Irene swung north yesterday. The storm is forecast to sweep over the Outer Banks, N.C., overnight tonight, and advance into the Washington, D.C., area beginning Saturday afternoon. State troopers, the Red Cross and the National Guard are in place to deal with the storm’s aftermath in North Carolina. At … Continue reading

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How to Make a Hurricane-Resistant Building

The Atlantic basin is expected to see an above-normal hurricane season this year, according to the seasonal outlook issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center. Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the six-month season, which runs June 1 through November 30, NOAA is predicting 12 to 18 named storms, of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes with winds … Continue reading

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Deceptive Window Claims Not Welcome in Florida

The glazing industry and associations are applauding the steps taken by Florida legislators that protect consumers in that state from fraudulent hurricane protection. Florida HB 849, signed on July 1, makes it a violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, to advertise, sell, offer, provide, distribute or market any product as hurricane, windstorm or impact-resistant unless it is in compliance with the provisions for product approval in the Florida Building Code. Following … Continue reading

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Industry Makes Strides With Hurricane-Resistant Products

This guide to new products could make significant impacts in protecting against damage from wind and debris. Impact-resistant products listed here are meeting stringent building codes that are now taking effect in low-lying and wind-prone communities. Continue reading

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A Hurricane By Many Other Names International Hurricane Glazing Standards and Systems Come of Age

Hurricane, typhoon or cyclone—three terms for the same storm event, depending on its location in the world. In the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and east of the International Date Line in the northern Pacific, the term used is “hurricane.” West of the International Date Line in the northern Pacific Ocean it’s “typhoon,” and in the far southwest Pacific Ocean and in the Indian Ocean it’s “cyclone.” Continue reading

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Protecting People First Foundation Documents Hurricane Charley Aftermath

The Protecting People First Foundation has launched an on-site study to document the contribution of impact-resistant glass, hurricane shutters and other protective glazing technologies in preventing injury and property loss as a result of Hurricane Charley. Continue reading

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DuPont Hosts Educational Website on Hurricane-Resistant Construction Practice

The website, www.hurricaneconstruction.net, is part of the Hurricane-Resistant Construction Project, a four-part program sponsored in part by DuPont and designed to educate homebuilders, remodelers and building code officials in Gulf and Atlantic coastal states on hurricane and flood resistant construction codes and best building practices. Continue reading

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