If you are a current high school or college student, you are eligible to submit an essay to Express Glass Repair and Board Up’s first essay contest! The topic is “Hurricane Preparedness 2014.”

Please read this page, in detail, for essay contest requirements.


Hurricanes are an ever-present fact of life in the Southern United States. Hurricane Katrina, alone, was responsible for $81 billion in damage with at least 1,833 persons killed. With climate change and increasing population of populated areas in states like Florida, hurricane preparedness is an important social responsibility. Yet people in cities as vulnerable as Fort Lauderdale or Miami often ignore hurricanes until it’s too late, or fail to prepare themselves, ranging from educating themselves on hurricanes to buying the necessary supplies to boarding up their homes and businesses correctly to repairing damage after the Hurricane.Hurricane Preparedness Essay Contest - Express Glass Repair & Board Up of Miami / Ft. Lauderdale Florida

Express Glass Repair and Board Up is South Florida’s top glass repair company, serving Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and other cities in South Florida with glass repair services. While most of the company’s business is in glass repair (both commercial and residential) as well as board up after vandalism or crime, the company is a proud small business in South Florida. To support today’s high school and college youth, the company is announcing its first essay contest on the topic of “Hurricane Preparedness 2014”

Interested high schools and colleges are encouraged to post this announcement as well as a link back to the application submission site at https://expressglassfl.com/hurricane-preparedness-essay-contest/. Application details are below.


Select ONE of the following TOPICS

  • Hurricanes are a fact of life in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and other Southern States, yet residents often fail to prepare. What are some ways that governments and non-profits can pre-educate and encourage residents to be more prepared?
  • After a hurricane hits, residents are often in a state of shock. Yet at that time, a systematic plan is needed to recover from a Hurricane. What are the steps you would recommend for a family after a hurricane?
  • Many residents build both businesses and homes in flood-prone areas. Do you think that the government should restrict building in flood-prone areas, why or why not?

Essay Contest Details

Essays will be judged on style, content, and persuasiveness. The target reader is an average South Florida family, seeking to prepare itself in advance of the next Hurricane. Judges will look for writing that is clear, and persuasive, logically organized and written in a tone that both conveys facts about Hurricanes but also motivates the reader to get prepared.

Essay Prize is $300 for the top essay. Honorable mentions for 2nd and 3rd place will each receive a $50.


  • The essay contest is open to students at the high school or college level, living in the United States.
  • Entrant must be in the 8th grade or later, or in college up to the Senior year.
  • Essays must be no fewer than 500 words and no more than 1000 words, double-spaced.
  • Essays must be submitted by email in Microsoft Word format.
  • Essays must solely be the product of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification; all sources must be cited.
  • Employees of Express Glass Repair and Board Up, and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest.
  • All entries will become the property of Express Glass Repair and Board up, and the winning entrant agrees to allow for the publication of his or her essay on the company’s website and blog.
  • Winners and all participants will be notified by email on January 15, 2015.
  • Winners will be responsible for any federal, state, or local taxes.
  • Deadline: all submissions MUST be received no later than December 1, 2014.

To Enter

  • Visit  https://expressglassfl.com/hurricane-preparedness-essay-contest/
  • Fill out the feedback form there to indicate that you are submitting an essay.
  • You will receive an email response; please respond to that email address with a WORD DOCUMENT of your essay submission.


Essay Application Form
  • Name*full name
  • Email*a valid email address
  • Address*
  • City*
  • State*
  • Zip*
  • Phone #*
  • I am Attending*to order
    High School
  • School Name*
  • Counselor or Administrator name (for verification purposes)
  • Email*a valid email address
  • Admin Phone Number*full name
  • Years in School*full name
  • Essay Topic DRAFT Title*
  • I agree to the contest*Terms & Conditions
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Note: when you submit this form, we will respond via email.  Then respond to that email with your essay in WORD FORMAT by the deadline of  December 01, 2014

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