Powerhouse Ideas Gets the Message, Launches Hurricanefriends.com

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The past few hurricane seasons leads Powerhouse Ideas Inc. to create much needed Web site, "We saw the need and acted," Say Hurricanefriends.com founders.

Amidst rampant media speculation about another very active hurricane season, Powerhouse Ideas Incorporated today announced the creation of a Web site designed to allow Americans to help each other survive what most likely will be another very active hurricane season.

The inspiration for Hurricanefriends.com came from two extremely active hurricane seasons during which many people lost their lives. Timothy Smith and George Zintel, two of the four founders of Powerhouse Ideas Incorporated, knew there had to be a better, more effective means for getting people out of harms way. “We watched the chaos that ensued as people attempted to find shelter from the storms. Highways were backed up for miles, hotels were over-booked, and shelters were above capacity,” says Timothy Smith. “When the idea struck, we were amazed that it had not been thought of before,” says George Zintel.

The idea that there could be a better way to handle hurricane evacuations caught the attention of Jamie Sims and Judd Flamm, Powerhouse Ideas’ other two founders. The four men set out to change the way Americans react to the news of an approaching hurricane. Instead of jumping in the family vehicle and heading to an unknown destination, or packing the family into an overcrowded, uncomfortable, and sometimes dangerous shelter, or worse yet, staying put and risking their lives, Americans now have another option: they can become members of Hurricanefriends.com and have a safe, comfortable place to ride out the storm.

The idea behind the Web site is to allow Americans to buddy-up with each other for the purpose of evacuations. For instance, a family on the east coast of Florida might have a hurricane friend on the west coast of Florida. If a storm is threatening from the Atlantic, family number one would head west to the home of family number two. If a storm threatened from the Gulf of Mexico, family number two would head east to family number one’s home. Each family could have multiple hurricane friends in varying areas of the country. Membership is free, but before being matched up with a hurricane friend, members must submit to a low-cost criminal background check. “Our number one concern is for the safety of our members,” says Mr. Zintel.

Those interested in learning more about this timely project, or those interested in becoming members, can visit Hurricanefriends.com

Hurricanefriends.com is a trademark of Powerhouse Ideas Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies.

Interested parties can contact Hurricanefriends.com for an interview by sending an e-mail.

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