What a crazy two weeks we’ve had here in South Carolina and it is not over! The Myrtle Beach area and all of the North Carolina and South Carolina coast braced for Hurricane Florence, a hurricane who couldn’t make up her mind where to wander to.
Right now, the aftermath for the two states is a bit different, as North Carolina took the brunt of the winds which toppled trees, power lines and more. The one similarity is that both states are currently dealing with the hurricane aftermath; unprecedented flooding in their coastal areas.
Aftermath: ‘the consequences or aftereffects of a significant unpleasant event’
The scenes we are seeing on the news are horrific. We see images and videos taken near the rivers and the Intercoastal waters and they are heartbreaking. Local businesses and homes are threatened by water and some are already flooded.
Can we just say how proud we are to be part of the Grand Strand community as this community is coming together to care for those affected by flood waters once again?
As soon as the storm was over, starting Saturday, September 15, 2018, evacuees tried making their way back to the Grand Strand area to go check on their homes. While the official evacuation orders weren’t lifted by our governor until Sunday, many local residents made it back safely.
Yet it continued to rain and then the floods came.
On Monday it was pretty apparent that this was going to be yet another ‘historic flood’; rivers are expected to surpass any records previously smashed by the 1000 year flood that was the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in 2016! So much for a 1000 year flood!
As people were making their way back home on the North Carolina and South Carolina roads, technology enabled them to stay in touch with loved ones, sending the most accurate road updates to friends and family also trying to come home. They included pictures and it was hard to comprehend what they were seeing!
Again, the pictures spoke louder than words and we started to see just how devasting this flood is.
We want to share some of the apps and tools people were, and are, using to stay safe on the roads as they wind their way home from the south, west and north to reach the Grand Strand.
Zello walkie-talkie app to stay connected on the road.
Community response to Hurricane Florence along the Grand Strand was immediate and continues to be strong.
Individuals helping other individuals and families.
From starting Facebook groups to help neighbors
to sharing links like how to get free phone service and free Airbnb rentals and taking their own sandbags and redistributing them to low-lying areas.
From urging neighbors to evacuate and then helping secure UHaul trucks and storage free-of-charge, we are seeing the best of people on social media, offering help, resources, food and doing kind deeds!
We’ve also seen great responses from the local business community!
This is by no means a complete list; feel free to comment on this post with a link and information about additional local heroes and we will add them to this story!
This article mentions this hotel as well.
Join us in praying for those affected by this storm for months to come and let’s continue to help out our neighbors!
Can you believe that Labor Day has come and gone and we are headed towards fall?
Of course, here in South Carolina is doesn’t feel and look like fall yet!
However, it’s coming and why not be prepared? We’ve gathered some tips to keep you and yours safe and secure this fall and by the time we were done, we realized it read more like a fall to-do list than anything else!
Therefore, grab a pen and paper, or your smartphone and make note of these tasks to get done.
If you are a homeowner here in the Myrtle Beach area, you know that fall is one of the most beautiful seasons here on the Grand Strand. Golfers come because the weather is fine, the beaches are still pleasant and it’s just finally cool enough to really enjoy being outdoors.
Therefore, this is also a good time to spend some time in your yard and around your home to take care of those pesky tasks you’ve been avoiding during the heat of the summer!
Check our list of Fall Security Tips for Your Home and plans to get them done by Thanksgiving! That will give you a few months and the best weather to get them done.
To keep your home in tip-top shape and your family safe and secure, here is a fall maintenance list.
Replace bulbs if necessary and check the wiring for all outdoor security lights.
While our leaves don’t drop in September/October like they do in New England, eventually they do fall. Keep walking paths and your yard free of wet leaves, sticks and other debris to prevent falls.
Fall might be a time to give your HVAC system short rest. Throw open your windows, let in the fresh air and get your HVAC unit inspected and serviced. Soon you’ll want your system to be able to switch to heat! Make sure to relock all your opened windows.
Now is the time to prepare for those cold winter nights! Call and make an appointment to have your chimney swept if you plan to use your fireplace this winter. Those unexpected cold evenings usually happen….unexpected! Be prepared this year.
If a cold night sneaks up on you and you want to use a space heater, use caution! Don’t allow small children to be near these units and don’t leave them unattended.
Another fall (and spring!) chore is cleaning out your clothes dryer vent to prevent accidental fires. If you have never cleaned out your vents, it might be time to call a local professional to take care of that for you; many appliance repair businesses offer this as a service.
If you are new to the area, we encourage you to prepare for a hurricane before a named hurricane is headed toward the Grand Strand! The end of Summer/Fall is usually the most active time in the hurricane season – don’t get caught without supplies and a solid evacuation and family emergency plan.
You should be testing your alarm system periodically; why not add it to this easy list and have peace of mind that in case of an emergency everything works as expected.
Why not take time to get this list done and then go out an play a round of golf on your next free weekend? 😉
How did we get here?
Myrtle Beach Self Defense is a division of Strand Security, a locally owned and operated security company.
Launched in 2016 by Heather of Strand Security, Myrtle Beach Self Defense has taught self-defense classes for the last 2+ years in Horry and Georgetown Counties to women, men, boys, and girls of all ages.
Myrtle Beach Self Self Defense is a division of Strand Security and was started by Heather Bryant of Strand Security.
Read this to learn about why Heather is passionate about self-defense. (spoiler: Heather credits self-defense classes she took in high school as saving her life during an armed robbery)
Myrtle Beach Self Defense started classes at a local business facility, and after outgrowing that space, partnered with Karate World of Surfside Beach! Most self-defense classes now are taught at this facility, unless MBSD is asked to do a class at a social location.
Last year, MBSD conducted two self-defense classes at Coast Carolina University for a sorority, and we also held a class on location for a girl scout group.
We’ve partnered with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce for a self-defense class for professionals in Myrtle Beach and the local senior citizen’s coalition. Self-defense classes can benefit young and old!
Who needs a self-defense class?
We partnered with Karate World in 2017 to bring more classes in a better learning environment for our community members.
We’ve been very happy to work with Master Jason and Carri in their Surfside Beach location.
This summer, we tried something new and exciting. We’ve just completed an 8-week summer series of self-defense.
As always, Strand Security customers can take self-defense classes free of charge!
Now that you know our 2+ year history, we are excited to give you the full details of our Fight Club.
We want to empower women and teenage girls by teaching them how to defend and fight. This club will teach their members more than traditional self-defense. Read this to get a feel for what you’ll be learning when you join us.
From the article
“When I started looking for a self-defense class, what I was really looking for was one that would teach me how to fight. I go on solo runs most mornings and often walk home alone in the dark from the Metro. If someone were to attack me, I wanted to know, could I take him?”
Are you ready to learn how to fight?
Sign up today!
Call 843-828-4386 or email KARATEWORLDSSB@GMAIL.COM
You might be in the market for a new home security system if you
Changes in lifestyle, location or family life all contribute to a search for added security.
Who should you go to when you have questions about an existing system, or if you are interested in purchasing a home security system for the first time?
A local, locally owned and locally operated home security system provider has all the answers to any of your pressing questions, of course!
In the Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand area, Strand Security is the company that fits that bill. We serve customers in both Georgetown County and Horry County.
We have an active Facebook Page where we can answer questions, but better yet, we are available by phone or service email anytime!
Here are some questions we get frequently.
Read these answers and many more on our Strand Security blog. We are glad you are here already; did you know we have nearly four years of articles and information available for you to research?
If you are ready to go ahead and purchase a home security system, here are 9 questions to ask your home security provider.
We’d be happy to help you keep your home safe and secure for those you love!
Home Security = Peace of Mind
Is that a question, or a demand?
We know the truth! Of course, you want to protect your family with the best home security.
However, you might be searching the Myrtle Beach & Grand Strand area for
Whatever it is that is most important to you, know that we value the same things as we live right here on the Grand Strand ourselves and want to protect our family, just like you do.
We will work with you, your budget and your needs, always.
If you are a new homeowner, you’ll be (most likely) new to home security too.
Protecting your family goes beyond protection from a home invasion or burglary.
Here are additional sources of danger
What your home needs is up to you; consider your security company a valuable partner in selecting the right equipment to keep you and your loved ones safe!
Now that we know what you want, and what equipment is needed to keep your family safe – and to get the best home security for your family – let us look at what your family needs to make it all work!
Your spouse, teenager, babysitter, elderly parent, or child needs
Many more families these days have multiple generations living or working together.
This means that multiple people will be using your security system and you will need the equipment you pick to be easy in use and access. Most likely, you will want remote access to your cameras and system!
We can only answer this question of ‘What is the best type of home security for my family’ if you answer a few questions of your own first!
It all depends on these factors
We will be happy to help you figure out what your home needs, what your family wants and what you can afford!
We can’t guarantee it.
Why would you want to? Is saving a little bit of money each month worth not having peace of mind?
How much are you spending on health insurance, homeowners insurance, car maintenance, and your pension each month? Safety and security are clearly important to you if you pay those bills.
Without a security system in place to keep those you love safe, be prepared for feelings of
Now, who wants to live like that?
Get started today – give us a call and you’ll be feeling much better!
Wireless security is exactly what it may sound like to you.
It’s a way to connect your security system in such a way that’s it is… wireless.
In a few simple words, a basic home wireless network means connecting an internet access point, such as a cable from your internet service provider, to a (wireless) router in order to allow multiple devices to connect to the network very quickly.
Now whether you live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina or elsewhere, we are certain you have access to WiFi.
Using a wireless system, you can turn your home into a Smarthome!
Let’s explore why a wireless security system might be the best next step for your home or business.
This is a loaded question, for sure!
Hardwired alarm systems may have an edge on reliability, while wireless systems provide a more streamlined installation and can be used in places where wired systems can’t.
“Wireless vs. wired security” refers to two different parts of the security system.
The network of sensors, plus the control panel, make up a self-contained system that may be wired or wireless. Then there’s also the way that this security system connects to the outside world; like sending alerts to a remote monitoring center or receiving commands from your cell phone.
If your home does not have a security system pre-installed, wireless systems can solve several problems. You won’t have to worry about drilling holes or other modifications, making wireless an more attractive option for renters, historic homes, or buildings with significant interior brick, stone or marble construction. Renters or homeowners who change residence will also be able to take advantage of the portability of most wireless systems-simply disconnect and reconnect at your new address.
Let’s look at when a wireless security system might be what makes the most sense for you, making it the best choice for your home and business.
There are several situations when it makes more sense to have a wired system.
May we suggest you talk to your local security company and ask them to come out to speak with you regarding your security system options. Whether you decide on a hardwired system, or you are set on a wireless system, know that Strand Security of Murrells Inlet will stand with your decision and offer the best installation pricing and the best customer service at all times.
Whether you live in Myrtle Beach or elsewhere on the Grand Strand, in Horry County or Georgetown County, or somewhere else altogether, it is always a good idea to know crime stats for your neighborhood and the city you live in! Anyone who owns a home should protect that home and those who live in it.
We at Strand Security love Flir Security Cameras. It’s what we use to protect our own family!
As Myrtle Beach is on the list of America’s most dangerous cities, it is important to be aware of what continues to happen in our neighborhood, our city, our state!
It’s been one year and the Grand Strand continues to land on the list of America’s most dangerous.
According to Alarms.org, Myrtle Beach is the most crime-ridden city in the Palmetto State and 33rd most dangerous in the country. Its ranking is on par with other publications. Safewise.com ranks it as the 32nd most dangerous city. Another website, Neighborhood Scout, tabbed it the 13th most dangerous, saying you have a 1-in-60 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime in Myrtle Beach.
Awareness is the first step to change and prevention!
The best way to protect your loved ones, and your assets, from crime, is with knowledge!
Read. Learn. Stay Informed. Secure. Prevent.
All of these are action-verbs, meaning; to be inactive is to remain vulnerable to crime.
Take action today for the safety and security of those you love.
Now, how do security cameras protect you and the ones you love?
“Security cameras help prevent a crime from happening in the first place – as security cameras are a huge deterrent to potential criminals – and if a crime does occur, the recordings can help police find, identify and arrest the perpetrator.”
In addition to crime prevention, we found a super helpful list of ways security cameras can help protect your home. This isn’t a complete list, but a great start to thinking about preventing accidents and crime at your home.
Now, let’s look at Flir Security Cameras!
Here is a list of applications!
For those of us needing home security or commercial security, check out this selection of Visible Security Cameras.
We bring innovative sensing solutions into daily life through our thermal imaging systems, visible-light imaging systems, locator systems, measurement and diagnostic systems, and advanced threat detection systems. Our products improve the way people interact with the world around them, enhance public safety and well-being, increase energy efficiency, and enable healthy and entertained communities.
Here are some amazing FLIR facts!
Interested in getting the BEST cameras for your home? Talk to us at Strand Security today!
Honeywell Total Connect™ Remote Services lets you stay in the know wherever you go! How neat is that?
Whether you are running an errand in Myrtle Beach, at work along the Grand Strand, or on summer vacation in the upstate of South Carolina or elsewhere, you will have full access to your home and/or business through our app. You will love being able to check in from anywhere, at any time! Once you have Honeywell Total Connect™, you will fall in love forever.
With the tap of a finger, our app lets you control your security system, receive push notifications, text messages and email alerts, control thermostats, lighting and locks, locate vehicles or assets — even view live video and see, hear and speak to visitors at the front door anytime, anywhere on compatible smart devices, including iPhone, Android and iPad.
Honeywell Total Connect™ is packed with features that help you receive a great user experience!
Honeywell Total Connect™ can be used both for residential as well as commercial use, so homeowners, as well as business owners, get great value from our system!
Kids, teenagers, elderly parents, nannies, neighbors, employees; anyone you trust and who needs access to your home or business can get access while you are away!
Let us check out what Honeywell Total Connect™ has to offer, shall we?
Oh, it’s super easy!
In fact, our app is so easy to use once it is set up, that kids, teenagers, as well as the elderly, should have no problem using our app. Of course, if you use Strand Security as your service provider, we will make sure that everyone who needs access to your system will have full access.
Are you ready for a Smarthome?
All you need to do is connect with us at Strand Security. We can answer any question you may have.
You can also stop by our offices for a demo to see how a Honeywell Total Connect™ system works and play around with it!
Did you know you can install vehicle tracker in your (commercial) vehicles, too, and monitor with Honeywell Total Connect™? Great for teenage drivers and employees.
We are three weeks into the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Are you prepared?
Have you prepared yourself, your family, your home, your business for a hurricane, should one head our way?
More often than not, those who live in coastal areas along the Grand Strand will wait until a hurricane has been named and is headed towards South Carolina before starting their hurricane prep and unfortunately, it can be too late to get certain prep done that late in the game!
Instead, get started on your hurricane kit before the end of this month and stay ahead, alert and prepared!
There are two major purchases to consider if you are new to the south and to hurricane preparedness.
The first purchase is a generator.
If you are wondering who should purchase a generator for hurricane season, here is our take on this!
If you fall into any of these categories, you should consider purchasing a generator this season. Keep an eye out for sales and specials; often this type of equipment can be found on sale either during a 4t of July sale or Labor Day sales event.
The second important purchase is insurance.
This could include homeowners insurance, renters insurance, flood insurance and/or wind and hail insurance, depending on where you live and whether you own your home or rent it.
Of course, if you are traveling to a coastal area during hurricane season, you also might want to look into travel insurance!
If you were to talk to 100 local residents about hurricane prep, you will get 100 opinions!
Do you need to prep for hurricanes as early as June?
No, you don’t have to, but we suggest you better not get caught unprepared later in the season. Peace of mind counts for a lot.
If you have dependents; a spouse, small children, elderly parents or pets, it is even more important to prepare for a hurricane season well in advance of any named storm headed to the Grand Strand.
According to the National Weather Service
CSU calls for another busy season with a total of 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes
This is slightly above average and makes us at Strand Security even more glad we’ve published an amazing resource for our local residents.
Grab your FREE COPY of the 2018 South Carolina Hurricane Prep Guide for Homeowners today.
Whether you are visiting the Myrtle Beach area, also known as the Grand Strand, or you are a new resident, asking longtime residents about the area is always a great idea!
When moving here from ‘up north’, other parents, but especially moms provided us with the best tips and the in-depth knowledge about the area. We learned about the best libraries to take our kids to, the best preschools near our home, the most fun indoor play places and the most affordable places to eat out with kids.
But what about summer activities with kids?
Since it is June and kids will be home for another 10 weeks or so, we want to share some insider mom tips with you!
All Grand Strand beaches are fun for kids. However, there are three beach areas that warrant special mention.
It doesn’t rain a whole lot in our area, but when it does, it’s nice to know there are a few indoor spaces to let the kids burn off energy. Here is our local mom top pick.
Besides the free beaches, there are several other free activities to check out; the locals will beat you there, but not many tourists will know and thus you’ll be sure to have plenty of space. Here is one well-loved free summer activity in Myrtle Beach!
Schedule is subject to change without notice based on availability
We wish you and yours a fun-filled summer!