Hurricane shutters are vital component of creating the hurricane shell by providing protection for door and window openings. There is a wide variety of hurricane shutter products and strategies. Many of these products can be manufactured locally from aluminum or high impact plastics with paint finishes that resist corrosion from the salt air. Manufacturing shutters locally is one of many potential source of labor and employment for communities seeking to increase local employment as part of the recovery strategy. Hurricane shutters are an attractive historically accurate design element in coastal and Caribbean construction. Standardization of shutter sizes and coordination with door and window sizes for the vast majority of openings installed in structures will greatly reduce overall recovery costs when reconstructing a large volume of homes in a hurricane ravaged area.