Before Mother Nature heads your way, are you prepared for hurricane season? My guest for Episode Two on Strong Homes, Safe Families! is Tim Robinson, managing partner of Global Protection Products and president of the International Hurricane Protection Association. In this interview Tim tells us everything you need to know to choose the right hurricane shutters for your home.
About Tim: Firefighter, businessman, and philanthropist
Opening Protection: Windows, glass doors, and older openings
Code/Testing Requirements: Change is inevitable when building impact-rated products
Two Test Types: Wind cycle and impact resistance to approve products
Options: What are they? How are they mounted? How much do they cost?
Galvanized steel vs. aluminum panel
Clear or polycarbonate storm panel
Hinged-colonial or Bahama shutter
ROI: Insurance savings and discounts
Lessons Learned: No matter what shutter system is selected, maintain it regularly
Are you prepared to protect your family and home before hurricane season hits? Will you be able to bounce back swiftly? My guest this week on Strong Homes, Safe Families! is Ken Graham from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, and he shares plenty of insights about how to stay safe.
Ken and I talk about the science, public policy, and practice of being better prepared for hurricanes, including a discussion of COVID-19. Please click here to listen to this week’s episode.
Rising Water Evacuation: Why and when Ken decided to become a meteorologist
Disaster Resilience: Bouncing back to recover quickly from a hurricane is possible
Science: Meteorological breakthrough with track forecast and ability to narrow errors
Public Policy: Best practices to be resilient by knowing when and where to evacuate
Practice: Risk communication, perception, decision-making, and other human factors
Tech Tools: People flee storms, but hurricane hunters use technology to collect data
Preparation: Positive impact due to COVID-19 pandemic
“Little wiggles in the forecast matter. Everyone listening needs to understand that a 20- or 40-mile wiggle can make the difference to someone on the ground experiencing a foot of storm surge or maybe ten of feet storm surge.” – Ken Graham
National Weather Service New Orleans/Baton Rouge team members, Ken Graham, and Leslie Chapman-Henderson strike the #HurricaneStrong “Pose”