Sunday, February 28, 2010
A freak storm hitting Europe is packing 124 mph hour winds as far inland as Paris. This is Category 4 Hurricane-force winds!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | In pictures: Jakarta hotel blasts
The bomb was in a car parked underneath the hotel. People were cut with flying glass. Our Armor Glass security film on the windows would have minimized the damage and injuries from glass shrapnel.
"The world's largest company Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N), which owns 44-story building in downtown Houston, has shuttered its office tower and other Houston offices to nonessential personnel."
All of this damage and lost productivity could have been avoided if our security window film had been installed. For example, our film was protecting the computer servers for the University of Houston (housed next to 10' sections of glass) and their emergency operations building.
Don't wait for the next storm to take out your business to act. Not only will our film keep you operating, and safe from flying glass and water damage, but it can also cut your energy bills enough to pay for itself over time.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
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).
Friday, February 19, 2010
Above: The Sky Before Katrina Struck...
These pictures were supposedly made by a man in Magee , MS
where the eye of the storm passed thru- what an
experience. Magee is 150 miles North of Waveland, Mississippi
where the Hurricane made landfall.
The dance with Katrina, part of her beauty as she left destruction on
They are remarkably dramatic...
The Katrina tidal wave picture (above) was supposed to have been taken from the third story balcony of Saint Stanislaus College located next door to Our Lady of the Gulf Church in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi on the morning of August 29th, 2005.
This is believed to be the initial tidal wave from Hurricane Katrina.
The tidal wave was approximately 35 to 40 feet high. When it slammed into the beach front communities of Bay Saint Louis and Waveland, Mississippi, it completely destroyed 99% of every structure along the beach for 9 miles and over a mile inland.
The destruction only started there. The flooding that continued inland destroyed the contents of all but 35 homes in these two communities of approximately 14,000 people.
These photos should be kept in mind as we approach yet another Hurricane season...
Thursday, February 18, 2010
A man angry at the IRS flew a small plane into an IRS building in Austin, TX today. Eyewitnesses reported that it “blew out all the windows” and rained glass and debris on passing cars.
Ironically, we just finished a Texas Homeland Security convention in San Antonio, where Armor Glass had a booth and I had been advising government officials about our blast-rated security window film that provides protection from high impact events – from hurricane and tornado debris to a bomb blast.
Had our film been on this building, it would have not kept the plane from flying into it, or penetrating it, but it would have prevented windows from blowing out - and would have prevented glass injuries from glass shrapnel. Had the other windows stayed intact instead of blowing out, the fire would have been more contained and starved of oxygen -- instead of spreading and causing greater damage.
Ironically, my chief installer had just put security film on another IRS building in Austin a few months ago. Now you see why.
Yes, an airplane is larger than the 4.5 lb. Large Missile test (which our film passed), but this is another example how much people need Armor Glass security films to secure our buildings weakest link (its windows) from hail storms to burglars to terrorist bombs -- and flying Kamikazes.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Two more days to go.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
We are writing to notify you of two aggressive burglaries that occurred this morning and on Wednesday between 4 and 6 a.m. in the 2000 and 2100 blocks of Banks Street . In both instances, landscape bricks were thrown through windows of homes while the owners were home and sleeping. On Wednesday the burglars threw a landscape brick through the front plate glass window and absconded with a laptop that was sitting in plain view. Again this morning the burglars came in through the rear French doors of a second home using a landscape paver to break through the glass. A neighbor’s surveillance camera captured footage of two men fleeing the scene. Thankfully no one was harmed in either incident."
Our security film is anti-burglar. It is rated for a 4.5 lb missile (think brick). Some doors and windows may also need our Dow 995 anchoring to bond the film to the frame of an entry door likely to be hit by a brick-welding bandit...
We did a house in College Station where the burglars took out a 4' x 4' side window and made off with their property. The couple had a young child, and couldn't sleep until our crew showed up and did the installation.
Check us out at www.ArmorGlass.com
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Hurricane Facts with Reference:
Hurricanes didn't start having boys' names until 1979.
Most hurricanes die at sea when they pass over areas of cooler water.
In 1967, a hurricane in Texas caused more than 140 twisters.
The worst hurricane damage is often caused by a storm surge. A storm surge is like a giant wall of water pushed onshore by hurricane winds.
In 1989, Hurricane Hugo completely destroyed several forests in South Carolina.
In 1971, Hurricane Ginger lasted for over three weeks.
In 1970, a hurricane in Pakistan killed more than 300,000 people.
When a hurricane is especially devastating, its name is permanently retired and another name replaces it.
In 1944, the US Navy's Pacific fleet was crushed by Typhoon Cobra, which sank three destroyers and damaged many ships.
Bangladesh was a country that was created from a hurricane. In 1970, this region of Pakistan was struck by a cyclone and 500,000 people died. The people felt their government did not do enough to help after the disaster so in 1971, they voted to be independent of Pakistan and Bangladesh was born.
Hurricanes do not occur in the South Atlantic Ocean, where the waters are too cold for them to form.
Plants have developed different ways of protecting themselves from powerful winds. Palm trees trow mainly in tropical parts of the world where hurricanes sometimes occur. Their flexible trunks bend and spring back in high winds but rarely break.
Taping your windows in preparation for a hurricane is a waste of time and money. Tape does not strengthening the glass. Flying debris will smash a taped window as if the tape weren't there.
Hurricane Fox was the first storm to be named in an official weather bureau advisory.
Two hurricanes were named Alice in 1954. One in June and one in December.
The first hurricane with a male's name was Hurricane Bob which hit near New Orleans in July 1979.
The first hurricane to hit the American Colonies happened on August 25, 1635.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
"...recent studies that suggest the warming of the oceans in the Atlantic main development region in the 20th century is due to the increase in greenhouse gases, and in turn these warmer waters provide more fuel to the development
and intensification of hurricanes."
And this gem:
"Natural decadal variability suggests high levels of hurricane activity and U.S. landfalls for the next decade and beyond since the previous active period (1945-1970)
lasted at least 25 years."
Check it out at:
Sunday, February 7, 2010
An explosion at a plant under construction in Connecticut is reported to have blown out windows as far as 30 miles away!
Our security window film is blast-rated and would have prevented the windows from blowing out. You can imagine that between glass fragments getting into the kids' and pets' feet and cold air rushing into the houses, missing windows after an event like this is a major inconvenience.
For some reason these events seem to happen on weekends or after hours when repair personnel are off or charge premium rates.
It is another example of the need for Armor Glass security film everywhere...
Saturday, February 6, 2010
A hospital has to turn 24/7 so breaking windows during a storm is not a good thing. Here is an article about Houston's St. Luke's Hospital, which had windows blow out during Hurricane IKE.
This is another example how our hurricane-resistant window film would have avoided this threat to staff and patients - and eliminated the damage from water intrusion after the breach.
St. Luke's had windows blow out on its higher floors (the higher up you get, the stronger the winds). This also means that water could flow down, floor after floor, causing further damage.