Founder of Orlando, Florida company Storm Stoppers claims plastic plywood alternative is lighter, easier to install, than plywood as homeowners prepare for Hurricane Irene

ORLANDO, Florida , August 23, 2011 (press release) – To prepare for Hurricane Irene, many Florida or South Carolina homeowners will try to board up their homes with heavy and hard-to-install plywood. In 2004, Orlando entrepreneur John D. Smith invented a Plywood Alternative called Storm Stoppers. Storm Stoppers are made of a special 3/8” thick, translucent corrugated plastic and fasten to a home’s window frames with 3M Dual Lock fasteners for easy on and off. Storm Stoppers hurricane protection panels are lightweight and can be easily installed by a woman or the elderly. Storm Stoppers lightweight panels can be cut and installed without any power tools, and can be re-installed in about a minute per window. The website is Since 2004, Storm Stoppers have been sold to approximately 8,000 homeowners in a dozen states and the Caribbean.

Storm Stoppers hurricane panels have been Large Missile Impact Tested to repel windborne debris and have protected hundreds of homes during 3 major hurricanes since 2004. “I used Storm Stoppers during Category 2 Hurricane Ike in 2008. There were over 100 mph winds. My Storm Stoppers hurricane shutters stayed on and protected my home,” says Galveston resident Ken King.

A great safety benefit of Storm Stoppers hurricane window protection is that, unlike bolt-on shutters or plywood, Storm Stoppers can be easily removed from the inside in event of emergency. “I wanted something that would protect my family if I’m on call, and also provide a way out from every protected door and window in an emergency,” says Orlando Firefighter Ben Harlan. “Storm Stoppers meets my family's needs for Safe, Simple & Self Installed Hurricane Window Protection."

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