Monday, July 2, 2012

Hurricane Carlotta hit the State of Oaxaca!


Two weeks ago, Hurricane Carlota hit the famous village of Puerto Escondido in the Southern state of Oaxaca.

The Region of Oaxaca is usually not a region prone to the hurricanes.  Obviously, as every area located on the seaside, it suffers time to time from impressive storms. Two weeks ago, the hurricane Carlotta hit Puerto Escondido. Hopefully, the authorities warned the inhabitants before the hit of the hurricane, but the arrival and the strength of the hurricane remained a surprise. 
Hurricane Carlotta

As you may know, hurricanes are classified in 5 categories. The 1st one is the less dangerous, if we may say, and the 5th one is the most dramatic one.  Before the 1st category, these natural disasters are considered as tropical storms and not as hurricanes.

Unfortunately, Hurricane Carlotta belonged to the category 2! Winds were up to 165 km/h (105 MPH), hard rains lasted days. Trees, palm shelters totally destroyed, and houses damaged.

The damages are consequent as people were not totally prepared to face the category 2 hurricane. Indeed, to protect oneself from a hurricane, the best is to stay inside your house. But, of course, the house needs to be protected! If a projectile hits the window, the glass will obviously shatter and your house will be rack by the wind, rain, and other projectiles. At that moment, you are not protected anymore.

An efficient protection is consequently needed in order to avoid theses dangers! The best solution to transform your house (business or building you wish to protect) into a bunker is to install anti-hurricane shutters on every opening of your property.

Yet, you have to be aware and alert about the quality of the product you buy. Products usually are made in polypropylene and are not resistant enough to resist a hurricane category 2.

It is essential to check out the quality of the shutter and to wonder:
  1. What category of hurricane can be faced with the product?
  2. Which threat can the shutter resist to (a hurricane presents 4 main threats: wind, rain, projectiles and the change of the barometric pressure)?
  3. Can the shutter face these dangers simultaneously or only one by one?


Do not hesitate to ask many questions to fully understand the product, how it works so that you can feel totally secure about your investment.

Investing in an anti-hurricane shutter is a huge investment, but it appears very cheap when you know that it will protect your house, your goods, your way of life, your souvenirs and all the efforts you did to own your property.  For instance, if you want to protect your house, it will avoid you to sleep in a hotel or in a gym for days and go through all the insurance administration process in order to be reimbursed for the insured goods.
A protected business will not need to close for weeks or months to be cleaned, fixed and bought the furniture again. In fact, closing a business in a touristic area cost thousands of dollars. Thanks to the anti-hurricane shutters, a business can stay open despite of the hurricane passage.

Do not hesitate to keep yourself informed about this protection, do not hesitate to inform your friends and contacts, especially if they live in a tropical area.  And finally, feel free to ask any question to be sure that your investment will be the best as possible!

American Development and Astroguard Mexico , together to protect our goods!




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