Saturday, August 28, 2010

Danielle, Earl, Fiona etc - Storm season kicks off

Here they come! The peak of hurricane season is two weeks away and its starting to roll - Hurricane Danielle--a nasty Category 4-- is followed by Earl. But the train doesn't stop there. At least two more tropical waves behind them are rolling into the Atlantic off Africa's coast!

Danielle and Earl will probably move north because of a high pressure, but that is expected to change. When it does the Gulf of Mexico could see a major hurricane coming down the chute our way.

If they are anywhere like Danielle, we could be in major trouble.

This weekend is the five year anniversary of Katrina, a monster storm, which was followed by another monster --Rita-- which had 160 mph winds before it slowed and turned away from Houston and struck Beaumont.

Standby!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Armor Glass TV Ad - How it Works

To see how our wonderful security film works, check out our new 30 second TV ad...
video

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

NASA Presentation on Terrorism & Breaking in the House Next Door

This week, in between doing a different installation every day, I will be giving a presentation to NASA on terrorism. It's a required program and the FBI guy who was going to do my part had a conflict, so they called me.

Why? Because of my background giving terrorism analysis before and after 9/11, including on Houston TV for the Houston Fox station and News 24 (which no longer exists). In the 1990's, I made a TV program on the potential of a terrorist attack on the U.S. My guest was a weapons expert from the Reagan administration. No one paid attention even though it ran on cable repeatedly.

Fortunately, they let me add to it. I can't talk about it, but the presentation is a far better product now then it was. I have been in the Middle East on international kidnapping cases and know what it's like.

It was this background that led to my founding Armor Glass - to actually provide security from threats instead of just talking about threats. After doing deals in over 50 countries, I've got a good idea what threats are real and what aren't.

I just got call from a guy representing a lady who lives next door to a house in a nice upscale neighborhood that was hit by burglars looking for cash (the man runs a storefront). They just knocked in the door glass with a hammer and it was easy entry.

Security from hurricanes, solar heat and burglars are the big three these days. Yet the same film would also protect from a bomb blast since it is explosion-rated.

The recent 98 degree solar radiation is another threat - to your wallet and energy costs. When I moved into a condo with bare glass facing south, I had to use it to cut 70% of the heat coming through single pane windows facing the lake. Otherwise the room baked. And there is no way anyone was going to put plywood on 3rd floor windows!

Stay tuned - the peak of hurricane season is not until mid-September. We are not out of the woods yet. According to experts on global climate, even a one half degree increase in the Atlantic ocean temperature would add enough additional fuel to future hurricanes that we could see more powerful storms as a result. Window breach by wind-borne debris is what leads to roof loss and structural failure -- not to mention internal water damages, mold, loss of antiques, computers, etc.

Are you prepared?

Monday, August 2, 2010

NASA Contractor to Try Armor Glass as a solution

Last week I got an unusual call from a company building components for the next generation of space vehicles for NASA.

The company is looking for a lighter material to provide protection in the event of an overload. They tried one product but it is too expensive and too heavy. As they worked one of them apparently said: "You know that Armor Glass security film we keep hearing about? Why don't we try that?"

I can't go into details and it may not prove to be a solution, but it could work out that a future mission will have Armor Glass film protecting some of the components, before and after they reach orbit. That would make us truly out of this world (couldn't resist a bad pun).

It is always fascinating what comes up in this business. If it isn't someone in the Turk Islands looking for an installation team, it's something like this.

In the meantime, we are heavily booked, mostly by normal mortals getting their houses protected.

It appears that "Colin" will not be a threat to the Gulf of Mexico but we haven't reached our peak for hurricanes. That will be mid-September. That's when IKE and Katrina hit.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Another Tropical Wave Forming in Atlantic

There are two more systems developing in the Atlantic - one is expected to grow into a tropical storm.

Both are low enough in latitude that one of them could pose a threat to the Gulf of Mexico. If a storm forms, it will be named "Colin."

In the meantime our crews are working flat out to install our hurricane/solar heat reducing security film. We are booked into late August and are working to add another experienced crew to meet demand.

Armor Glass will soon be sponsoring "The Global American" radio show starting August 7. The first program will cover human trafficking. Future programs will explore current issues that impact Americans and our neighbors. It will air at 9 a.m. on Business 1110 AM, August 7 and will be streamed on their website with a copy available at www.GlobalAmerican.org


Stay tuned.