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Florida AG Calls Hurricane Films “a Scam”

Bob Rushing isn’t so sure that Florida attorney general Pam Bondi wasn’t on to something when she recently claimed companies encouraging consumers to install hurricane-resistant films as hurricane protection are running a scam. “Hurricane-resistant and properly-fabricated glass is definitely more cost-effective,” says Rushing, an estimator for Florida-based Elite Glass Co. “Most of the people down here pretty much know that, but Florida is full of lots of retirees and old people. It was kind of … Continue reading

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NBC Filming Concluded at Architectural Testing Inc.

NBC filming for Hurricane Week that begins on August 5 on The Weather Channel concluded at Architectural Testing Inc. (ATI) in York, Pa. The filming highlighted the differences between hurricane and non-hurricane rated doors and windows. “Testing the various levels of hurricane and non-hurricane rated products shows the dramatic differences in the performance characteristics of these products,” says senior product engineer of product testing Mike Stremmel at the conclusion of filming. “Capturing the effects of … Continue reading

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Up-Close Look at Hurricane Research

How do you know how your products would perform in a category 5 hurricane or an E4 tornado? USGlass magazine gives the first-ever look at one weather testing machine that can offer some of these answers in this month’s newscast. Tara Taffera, vice president of editorial services and editor of USGlass’ sister publication, DWM magazine, recently visited the University of Florida to interview hurricane expert Dr. Forrest Masters and Henry Upjohn, CEO of Special-Lite Inc., … Continue reading

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IBHS Calls on Congress to Re-Enact National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program

As hurricane season gets underway and the East Coast eyes Tropical Storm Andrea, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) called on Congress this week to re-authorize the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP) through a current proposed resolution, H.R. 1786. IBHS officials spoke during a joint hearing of the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittees on Research and Technology. “Given the broad geographic threat of windstorms, the frequency of events, and the … Continue reading

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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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AAMA Hurricane Simulator

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