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DuPont introduces in-home personal protection from dangers of hurricanes

WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 20, 2004 By integrating advanced science with 200-plus years of safety knowledge, DuPont is introducing its latest safety innovation a residential storm shelter made with DuPontTM Kevlar that is engineered to help provide residents protection from the dangers of hurricanes.

According to weather experts, when a hurricane hits land, its winds can top more than 150 miles per hour, toppling trees and power lines, and sending debris flying through the air making many common items and building materials dangerous weapons.

The DuPontTM StormRoomTM with Kevlar is an in-home storm shelter, available in several rectangular configurations, that features DuPontTM Kevlar sheathing built inside reinforced wall panels. When properly installed, the shelter literally acts as a safety net, helping to stop and deflect wind-borne debris.

Engineered to withstand hurricane and tornado wind speeds of up to 250 miles per hour, the DuPontTM StormRoomTM with Kevlar was originally designed to shield homeowners from the wrath and destruction of tornadoes. The DuPontTM StormRoomTM with Kevlar meets the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s national performance criteria for both hurricane and tornado shelters. In a series of tests conducted by an independent lab, the engineered panels built into the room were able to deflect a 12-foot, 15-pound two-by-four piece of wood shot out of a cannon at 100 miles per hour. This represents the speed at which a 250-miles-per-hour wind would propel the timber.

The DuPontTM StormRoomTM with Kevlar will be available initially in Florida this month through authorized construction installers. "Residents should heed the advice of emergency response professionals in the event of evacuations," said Laura Dwyer, DuPont Advanced Fiber Systems business manager. "Unfortunately, most
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Contact: Anthony Farina
anthony.r.farina@usa.dupont.com
302-774-4114
DuPont
20-Sep-2004


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