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Sunday, February 21, 2010

3 Little Pigs, Flying Bricks, Presidents and Climate Winds

A new study suggests that global warming aka climate change could reduce the number of hurricanes (the good news) but that the ones who occur could be stronger (the bad news).

The study estimates that future hurricane damage could be 28% HIGHER.

A Professor who lives near Rice University in Houston told me that their neighborhood has had a series of break ins lately - people throwing BRICKS and PAVERS through people's windows, then grabbing a laptop, TV, etc., then fleeing in the blink of an eye.

I got another call from a couple who could not sleep until security film was installed on their windows -- after someone broke a 4’ x 4’ window one day, and stole everything. They felt insecure even with a new window in place, until security film was installed on all the windows.

A recent explosion in Seabrook rattled windows for miles around. Another one in New York blew out the windows of a Starbucks. A special energy saving film sold by Armor Glass would have avoided a breach – and injuries from flying glass in each case.

It is estimated that the damages from Hurricane IKE that hit Texas in 2008 was $22 billion, including flooding, roof and window losses.

Add 28% to that figure for the next storm that hits - assuming it isn't a CAT 3 or 4, which would do even more damage than CAT 2 IKE. Katrina was a CAT 3.

Nearly 25% of the U.S. population lives near the coast, meaning that bigger storms will threaten a significant portion of our citizens and destroy more property unless the property is protected (and building codes improved).

I have heard estimates that the damage to Chase Bank at 600 Travis in Houston is about $40 million. Had Armor Glass security film been on those windows, millions in damages would have been avoided -- because the film with attachment would have kept those windows from being sucked out even if they had been broken! The cost of installation would have been a fraction of the cost of damages, not including lost productivity, computer files destroyed, data lost, etc. And it would have also cut their energy consumption and tenant UV exposure.

Remember the story of the three little pigs? One built a house of straw, one built a house of sticks and one built a house of bricks. Only the pig with the house made of bricks survived - but only if that pig had installed our security film on its windows to keep out (1) the bad wolf throwing a brick through the window and (2) hurricane-force winds and windborne debris breaching a window that leads to roof loss in a storm!

Now, the CPAC has just proposed Ron Paul for President – who believes the Federal Reserve should be dissolved and big institutions should have failed instead of being bailed out. If he -- or someone else with a similar view -- becomes President and unemployment surges higher as institutions are allowed to fail, expect more unemployed desperate people to be assaulting your property. (Remember President Hoover in the 30's? Doing nothing in a depression cost him the next election to FDR).

So get protected today before things get worse. The good news is that protection is available and that Armor Glass security film is Large Missile rated (4.5 lbs -- or the size of a brick hurled at the glass).

Moral: Armor Glass security film would have stopped the unemployed Big Bad Wolf from breaking into Piggy No. 3's house, protect him from future Hurricane force-winds, while saving him energy (= $Money for the piggy bank) at the same time, regardless who is President!

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