Glass Shops Up and Down the East Coast Prepare for Irene

August 26, 2011

by Sahely Mukerji

Glass and glazing companies along the East Coast are preparing for the hurricane. The storm is forecast to sweep over the Outer Banks, N.C., overnight tonight, and advance into the Washington, D.C., area beginning Saturday afternoon. State troopers, the Red Cross and the National Guard are in place to deal with the storm's aftermath in North Carolina. At least 65 million people are estimated to be in the path of Irene, according to an article in The Washington Post.

The storm will impact coastal regions from the Outer Banks to New England, and interior sections of the Mid-Atlantic, including Richmond, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia, according to the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Mandatory evacuations were ordered in the Outer Banks. Authorities are standing ready to order evacuations of low-lying areas in New York and New Jersey.

Glass and glazing companies along the East Coast are preparing for the hurricane.

“[Our] company has sent updated vendor contact lists to all branches, and insurance reminders with contact information for all employees,” says Russell D. Nails, area manager of Binswanger Glass in Charlotte, N.C. “[We have] informed national accounts of the fact we have assets in place to full fill their needs. [We also have] updated the emergency response employee numbers.”

Other than its Norfolk, Va., location (representatives of which were not available to comment) all of Binswanger eastern locations are inland, says Art Rouse, area administrative manager of Binswanger Glass, Charlotte. “Today we are preparing for tropical storm force winds, which may occur as far inland as Charlotte,” he says. “If the coast is devastated as it was in Hurricanes Hugo [in September 1989] and Floyd [September 1999], it will be several days before the emergency services clear outside agencies to come in to clean up and repair. Binswanger Glass has emergency response teams that are in place and will be ready to go as soon as needed. We have 60-plus branches to draw from and are ready to assist with auto and commercial glass replacements.”

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