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IHPA Forms Consumer Safety Task Force for Hurricane Protection Products


LANTANA, Fla., Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Bill Feeley, President of the
International Hurricane Protection Association (IHPA), has announced the
formation of the Consumer Safety Task Force for Hurricane Protection Products,
intended to act in unison with the Florida Attorney General's office to
protect consumers who have been, and are being subjected to deceptive or
misleading trade practices by unscrupulous hurricane profiteers.
    "The IHPA and the Attorney General of Florida have been made aware of a
continued increase in advertising and marketing misleading consumers into
buying products that do not meet the Florida Building Code (FBC) requirements
for hurricane protection," Feeley said.  "The difference in choosing approved
or non-approved Hurricane protection systems can dramatically affect the
survival of a home and its contents and in some cases can be a life or death
decision. This type of deceptive trade practice needs to stop and the
companies profiting from this should be held accountable."
    Feeley continued, "Florida is an attractive target for deceptive schemes
due to our high exposure to hurricanes, large retired population, and constant
influx of new residents. This creates an opportunity for deceptive and
misleading profiteers playing on the worries and fears of consumers who may
have never experienced, or understand, the potential for damage to homes or
property associated with strong wind storms."
    Holding up a newspaper advertisement from a Sarasota company advertising
"Hurricane Window Film," Feeley said, "This is incredibly dangerous. A
consumer sees this in their newspaper and believes that it must be legitimate.
Unfortunately, consumers are purchasing these products in good faith thinking
they are protecting their homes and families."
    It is estimated the deceptive practice of selling window film as hurricane
protection to consumers in the state of Florida alone, runs in the tens of
millions of dollars. Feeley cited a statement from the International Window
Film Association (IWFA) website, a worldwide window film industry trade
association addressing this type of advertising; "Statements such as
"hurricane proof" or "meets Dade County standards" are, at best, misleading to
the public or, at worst, fraudulent."
    Feeley was quick to point out, "'Hurricane Window Film' advertising
schemes, though widespread, are not the only unapproved hurricane protection
products being advertised this way."
    The IHPA lists several simple guidelines that consumers can follow to
better protect themselves before entering into a contract:
    --  Does the product have an approval number issued by the Florida
Building Commission or the Miami-Dade Building Code Compliance Office?
    --  Is the Contractor licensed and able to pull a permit for the
installation of the product?  Currently, most jurisdictions require a building
permit be issued for the installation of impact resistant coverings or impact
resistant glazing (glass). After March 1, 2009, building permits and
inspections will be required for the installation of required impact resistant
coverings.
    --  Does your insurance carrier accept the product as hurricane
protection? According to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (Form OIR
B1-1802) and Citizens Insurance Company (Form WBDR 1802-01-09); after-market
installed window films are rated the same as having no protection at all
(None). Systems that do not meet the FBC or Miami-Dade Approvals are also
rated as "None."
    "Unfortunately, many consumers are not aware they have been deceived until
they contact their insurance company for a discount or, have a qualified
inspection and receive the form that is required to apply for windstorm
credits or meet new renewal requirements from Citizens," Feeley said.
    Any consumers who believe they have been mislead by a company or have
purchased window film as hurricane protection on their home should contact the
Attorney General of Florida's Fraud Hotline at 1-866-966-7226. Out of state
call 1-850-414-3990. Consumers may also file complaints on the Attorney
General of Florida's website at http://www.myfloridalegal.com. Consumers who
think they are being unfairly denied discounts for hurricane protection
products or have more questions about windstorm discounts should contact the
Florida Department of Financial Services at 1-877-693-5236.
    About the International Hurricane Protection Association
    The IHPA is a non-profit organization with a membership of over 200
manufacturers, suppliers, contractors and government agencies providing
quality hurricane protection systems, information, and education to insure the
publics' welfare and safety, therefore minimizing the loss of life and the
destruction of property associated with hurricanes.
    For more information, go to their website at http://www.inthpa.com
SOURCE  International Hurricane Protection Association

Bill Feeley, President of IHPA, +1-561-282-2395, fax, +1-561-433-2101,
mgrsoffc@bellsouth.net

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Aurilio M - October - 2017 - Miami, Florida

Just want to say I'm very pleased with the shutters I installed just a week before hurricane Irma and they performed very well. All the parts were cut just right and all the hardware that was included was enough for the job. 

 

James F. - September - 2017 - Nassau, Bahamas

Hi Michael! I must say I'm very happy with my Bahama Shutters they arrived in the Bahamas well wrapped and in excellent condition. Installation was easy and they fit my windows perfectly. These are high quality beautifully made shutters and really put the finishing touch on my home, Thank you for your excellent service.


Tammy R. - August  - 2017 - St. Thomas, US. Virgin Islands

Thank you for putting our order together to allow us an easy install of our shutter system. Your attention to detail made the whole process painless and enjoyable.


John C. - July 2017 - Hampstead, North Carolina

I want to thank you for the excellent service and high quality of the shutters that I received last year.
They more than met my expectations. Especially, their fit, ease of installation, and beauty were exceptional.
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Steve R. - April 2017 - Wellington, Florida


Thanks for delivering the Storm Panels on Friday.  The shutters work great and were very easy to install!


Mark M. - March 2017 - Stuart, Floirida

I am very happy with quality, design, function and especially the staff. Made the project go perfectly.  My son and I hung all three Saturday morning in about two hours. He’s a glazier with Last Chance Glass and he said he thought it was excellent workmanship.
Thank you so much.


Alan R. - February 2017 - Montague, Michigan

Michael, this is Alan from Michigan we ordered 3 Rolling Shutters from you late last year.  We just installed them and the customer is very happy. Thank you, the quality of your shutters and ease of install made it enjoyable to use your product.


Bob O. - January 2017 - North Fort Myers, Florida

I received the Accordion Shutter delivery this evening....  No damage... How could there be any damage!!!!!? You packed the units so professionally!!!!!!!  It is a shame other companies do not pack their stuff as well.  Well done to the staff.....  Wishing you all the best.  


John C. - December 2016 - Port St. Lucie, Florida

The Accordion Shutters went in so easy.  OUrTown inspector passed them.  No problems.  The installation was a breeze. We love our new shutters and you can use us as a reference. Best regards..  John

Dan F. - November 2016 - Scituate, Massachusetts

The Accordion Shutter is up and great. Very easy to install.  I love it! Thank you.


Ray W. - October 2016 - La Porte, California

 I just wanted to thank you. We installed the five shutters this weekend and LOVE them!  The quality is better than I had expected and the fit and Finish was perfect. You will be hearing from more cabin owners here in the LaPorte CA area once they see these.  I have attached a photo of one of the windows, the two tone was a nice touch.
Again thank you!


Victor B. - September 2016 - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


The Accordion Shutters turned out great,  passed inspection with compliments from the building inspector and the homeowner.
Thank you.


 Gary S. - August 2016 - Port St. Joe, Florida

The Bahama Shutters arrived safely Tuesday and they’re all ready installed. Thank you and I’m  looking forward to working with you in the future for the new home I plan to build on some new property I just purchased. Thanks again.


Joel P. - July 2016 - Cedar Key, Florida


The Bahama Shutters look great. I was concerned that they would be diffucult to put up but it was easy. Your product is high quality and beautiful! People in my neighborhood are asking me where to get them.  I will gladly be recommending your company to them and placing an order for the rest of my house soon.  Thanks for a wonderful product!! 


Michael M. - June 2016 - Merritt Island, Florida


Good Afternoon. I just wanted to show you photos of my back service door shutter on my garage that I just finished installing.  Because my job requires me traveling, I will not be able to do the (3) front windows for a little while later. Also without bothering him again, I wanted to send a BIG THANK YOU to Bill for his help & knowledge in guiding & educating me through this installation. I did as he told me to do and the results came out as he said that they would. Yessssssssssss👍👍👍👍👍😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
Thank you again

 

Thaddeus S. - April 2016 - Nassau, Bahamas

You all did an excellent job on my accordion shutters.  They went together like a simple puzzle.  I will be recommending you to my family members!


Doreen J – March 2016 – Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos


Hello I love my hurricane shutters and I also sent a picture. I will give other people your address as well.  Thanks for everything.
 

Jessica H. – February 2016 – Jacksonville Beach, Florida

We looooooooooooooooooooooooove our shutters!  I am so grateful you helped me with the measurements!  They look amazing!  Thanks again!

Fred M. – January 2016 – Corpus Christi, Texas 

Good morning.  We got the rolling shutters and everything went well with the installation.  I'd like to add them to my web page and market these. I was wondering if you could send me something, like a link and whatever i could use to link to my webpage?  Anything would help.

Tom W. - December - 2015 - Coos Bay, Oregon

I just wanted to let you know that your Rolling Shutters are fantastic. So far they have held up well against a very punishing Oregon coast weather that our beach gets hammered with in the winter. There is so much sand shifting that we actually have to own a Bobcat to move sand all winter long. If you want a testimonial just ask a few of us that have your shutters.

Louis E. - October - 2015 - Alliquippa, Pennsylvania

"I have installed the shutters on my OLD house in Pennsylvania, And I was very impressed with the quality of the Bahama Shutters,,Heavy Aluminum Powder coated finish...I won't have to get up there and every Paint these again.. Also I can leave the window open during a rain and not have to worry about the rain getting the house.. And the best thing the house stays nice and cool with out The Air Conditioner running.. I Love them.."

Brian M. - September - 2015 - Gulf Shores, Alabama

Michael, I wanted to thank you for all the time and information you gave me on the phone today regarding hurricane shutters for this project on the Gulf coast. Your expertise was evident and customer service excellent! As a licensed contractor myself, it is a pleasure doing business with a company such as yours. Keep up the great job!

Bill C. - August - 2015 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico


Thank you for very good service.  It is much appreciated!

David C. - July - 2015 - Maui, Hawaii

The Bahama Shutters have been received; just in time for our first storm....  Thanks to you, I am READY!!! 
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Gary F. - April - 2015 -  San Clemente, California

Just a note to thank all at Hurricane Shutters for a wonderful job. From start to finish your team was there to help guide me and delivered what you promised.

 Soams S. - February - 2015 - Orange Park, Florida

Wow!! My Bahama Shutters are very nice looking. I really like the shutter contrast color with my house!  Thanks to all your crew for all the hard work on my behalf. Your assistance and product are outstanding.  I love the shutters.  Thanks again for your great product support. I will send pictures soon. Please feel free to use me as a reference.

Patrick R. - January - 2015 - Long Island, New York

I Just had my Rolling Shutters installed (on 5 sliders) yesterday on our oceanfront beach house in New York where they will provide protection from Noreasters' and hurricanes. In addidtion, they will provide a solid measure of security! Thank you all at Empire for a job well done!

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Accordions : 10 - 14 Days
Bahamas/Colonials : 3 - 4 Weeks
Clear Panels : 5 - 7 Days
Hurricane Fabric : 3 weeks
Impact Windows : 6 - 8 Weeks
Rolling Shutters : 2 - 3 Weeks
Storm Panels : 7 - 10 Days

 

 


 

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