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Florida Patent Application Pending on Hurricane Help Network

The Sun-Herald reports that southwest Florida entrepeneurs are launching a hurricane self-help network, prompted by the last two hurricane seasons and the government’s limited ability to provide relief.   The pair of Entrepeneurs, Kelly Sedgewick and Melanie DeStout, have started marketing a private-sector initiative to lessen the impact during storm evacuations.   The business is called Hurricane Buddy LLC, an internet-based “matchmaking” company that attempts to pair storm evacuees with hosts in safe areas. Participants are initially asked to register on the company’s website, www.hurricanebuddy.com, answer a detailed questionnaire, and pay the annual $79.95 registration fee.   DeStout and Sedgewick sought patent protection for their business in 2005. After seaching public records