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Mother Nature Could Give us DOUBLE Whammy. COVID19 AND Hurricane!!

Picture this.

We have yet to peak COVID19 which is forcing people to stay home, often without a paycheck. But its necessary as deaths have topped 40,000 so far in just the USA. The stay at home orders could go on for weeks as this progresses.

If that weren’t trouble enough, Mother Nature won’t be giving us a pass this storm season. Tornadoes are already blowing out windows causing building collapse, injuries, and death. Hurricanes will soon be joining them in wreaking havoc.

Because the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico waters are at record temperatures, experts predict an “above-average” year for hurricanes. We could see one or more hurricanes threaten the east or south coast just as we hope the virus is diminishing (at least round 1).

Imagine how horrible that would be –stuck home isolating followed by hurricane-force winds blowing in the glass, which uplifts the roof and pushes out the walls. People will have to mingle to deal with the tragedy, which could spread the disease further.

That bizarre series of events is entirely possible. Why? Because the hurricane forecast for 2020 is “above” average for storms, which gets back to the hotter ocean waters which are like Jet Fuel for Hurricanes.

This puts Armor Glass in a quandary too – because our installers are valuable assets that we cannot risk falling to a virus that has a death rate 50 times that of the flu. But yet they are needed to protect more places from the coming storms as well as the present-day burglar disease. And the school shooter disease (dealt a blow by Covid19 with all schools now closed).

Today we are only installing in EMPTY buildings, so far, at least through April. After that, facts and science along with the total days spent in isolation of potential clients will determine when we can “armor the glass” in an occupied space. After all, close contact is a risk to the client as well as our crew, who are following isolation protocols.

We have received a steady number of quote requests despite covid19. Because security from Mother Nature includes more than the invisible Covid19. It includes the visible wrath of hurricanes and tornadoes with will not going away because its an inconvenient time for another disaster.

So here we are – needing to protect ourselves from both. We can do it, thoughtfully and safely, one step at a time. This blog will keep you updated on our status. In the meantime, feel free to inquire at Info@ArmorGlass.com

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COVID19 and Hurricane Season Above Average – We are Essential. Safety Comes First

ARMOR GLASS STATEMENT ON COVID19 –We are  Open and Essential.

Yet Safety of Crew and Customers is No. 1 Priority

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As a security company, we remain open and essential. However, we are taking precautions to ensure the safety of our crew and clients. Our crews are self isolating until they can be assigned a safe job with clients who have been self-isolating for a minimum of 30 days.

Mother Nature is not going to give us a break despite COVID. Hurricane season will not be going away just because it would be really inconvenient to pile another disaster on top of another.

The BAD News is that Hurricane activity is predicted to be “ABOVE-Average” this year! I would be happy with “normal” but prepare for the worst and hope for the best (not the other way around).

Imagine how hard it would be to isolate if a hurricane blows out your windows and lifts your roof? With no power. We have already seen tornadoes rip apart buildings where people were self-isolating.

Don’t count on burglars to be isolating. They won’t be focused on homes because they know everyone is home! They focus on empty places with easy access to smash and grab glass windows and doors. In and out in less than 2 minutes! (Armor Glass messes that up bigtime).

We are getting calls from major chains that have been targeted by specialized crooks. Armor Glass security film is one part of that defense system (which should also include motion detection, etc.). So, security remains an issue due to continuing threats to our buildings that are all sitting ducks with fragile glass.

So with COVID, we are screening before committing to sending a crew. Our minimum safe zone is those people who have been in isolation 30 days or more. The other option is if we are installing in an empty building (like a church or school.)

Tornadoes just tore apart more buildings in large chunks of eastern America. NOW is prime time for these killers. They kill buildings the same way hurricanes do –by throwing wind-borne debris through your glass–destroying its “shield” which opens a hole for high-speed winds to roar inside, carrying glass and rain with it. That wind is pressurizing your building –like blowing up a balloon until it pops. That’s when up goes the roof and walls are pushed out. All in the blink of an eye.

“Armor the glass!” Protect the house and office from breach of its weakest link which even children can break. There is no better or more affordable solution. Armor Glass film also saves money by cutting solar heat and UV.

In the meantime, keep isolating so we can “flatten the curve on COVID” and the sooner we can get back to normal again

 

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New COVID19 Policy on Installations –

April 1 2020
For Immediate Release
 
No joke. We have a Pandemic and there is no “business as usual.” Therefore, Armor Glass issues the following statement:
 
Due to COVID, we are either (1) delaying installs of our anti-burglary/hurricane/shooter security film until after the worst has passed (hopefully May–Houston expects the peak to be around May 2)
 
OR
 
(2) installing on OUTSIDE of glass (normal is on the inside) if a client considers installation an emergency and doesn’t mind the outside install does not come with a warranty ,
 
OR
 
(3)  installing it the usual way on the INSIDE because it is safe to do so because the space is either vacant or the occupants have self-isolated long enough not to pose a risk to our crew (a minimum 14 days.)
 
Our No. 1 priority is the health and safety of our staff and crew because, without them, we have nothing. Yes, the security provided by our product is essential, so is a safe working environment in installing it.
 
None of us can afford to take risks these days since COVID has killed young and old alike.  Until COVID19, installation safety has not been an issue so this is a first. If the occupant has not been self-isolating, then that is NOT a safe environment for our crew to enter — not until the peak has passed and “stay-at-home” orders are lifted.
 
Inside installs carry a warranty but not outside installs due to weatherization over time.
 
It is already tornado season and Hurricane season approaches, so we face a quandary. Home-wrecking storms don’t care that we are experiencing a Pandemic and hunkering down when the windows blow out from debris strikes on fragile glass by 100 mph-plus winds, uplifting the roof and letting in the rain.
Pandemics don’t stop burglars, especially with people out of work, short of money and only a think fragile piece of glass stands between them and forced entry.
 
So, day by day, we will take calls and answer emails and provide quotes and do select installations, inside or outside, whichever is safe.
 
As CEO, I wanted you to know the situation and how we are balancing an essential need versus the safety of our people and our clients who are people like you. –Michael Fjetland.