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Hurricane Prep

Don’t Fall For Fraud After a Natural Disaster

The Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

At a time of disaster, many people will choose to give to local charities and relief efforts to help those affected. Unfortunately, disasters can also bring out the worst in people; that is when those with criminal intentions step forward or make their way to a disaster area from another state.

While the Grand Strand at-large was barely affected by the hurricane force winds of Hurricane Florence, save for power outages and a few downed trees, the aftermath of Florence has been devastating!

Historic Flooding and Evacuations in South Carolina

Two years ago when Hurricane Matthew blew through, we at the Grand Strand experienced what we, Grand Strand residents, believed to be a historic 1000-year-flood. Only two years later these flood records are smashed, one after another by Hurricane Florence floods.

As many as 21,000 people have already or might need to evacuate due to flooding!

Donate and Support; Where to Place your Money and Efforts

Keep your money local but make sure it is reaching those who need it.

If you can donate supplies, give volunteer hours, cook a meal, offer pet fostering, or can take in those displaced by the flooding, you can do that right now. There are several active Facebook groups coordinating efforts in the area.

Once the rivers have crested and water recedes, people will need continued financial support, cleaning crews, meals and supplies as they try to replace what was lost.

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Prevent Fraud; Things You Need To Know

After our rivers have crested and then recede, and life goes on for most of us, some of our local Grand Strand residents will be dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence for months, even years to come.

It is important to remember that most business owners are knowledgeable, kind and reputable. However, not everyone is, so take caution. Here are some things to keep in mind!

  1. Verify and still adhere to ‘buyer beware’. Research each charity you plan to donate to, to ensure it is legitimate and that an acceptable amount of your donation is staying local.
  2. New charities specific to this disaster will emerge. If you chose to donate via this route, just like any other online portal, ensure you are using the correct web address. Fraudulent sites will pop-up; be aware!
  3. Do not fall for a high-pressure sales pitch. Reputable charities won’t disappear overnight, and they won’t demand you donate now. When in doubt, skip to the next charity.
  4. Like with any other fraud prevention strategy, beware of wire transfers and gift cards, as well as requests for your personal information/account numbers.
  5. If you have damage to your home (roof, downed trees, etc.) take care to double check that the contractor you are working with is licensed, bonded, and insured. Next, ask for and get a written contract with costs, timelines, and a clear expectation for the work. Always keep receipts of everything and take ‘before & after’ photos. Never pay the full amount up front.

Be Aware!

Scammers are everywhere.

Here is the first reported local scam; someone has been reselling free sandbags to those in need.

Let Us Know How We Can Help You Today!

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Dealing with the Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

aftermath hurricane florenceDid You Evacuate For Hurricane Florence?

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?

Trying To Get Back Home To The Grand Strand After Hurricane Florence

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.

Resources To Find The Best Routes Home

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.

Waze App

SCdot

NCdot

Zello walkie-talkie app to stay connected on the road.

Real-time river levels and forecasts.

Road Now

How The Community Is Stepping In

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!

Local Businesses and Organizations Who Are Stepping Up

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!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

Hurricane Prep Starts in June, Don’t Get Caught Without Supplies

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It’s Nearly the End of June; Are You Prepared For A Hurricane?

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!

What Do You Need To Purchase Before a Hurricane Heads Your Way?

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!

  • Anyone who lives in a known hurricane zone
  • Someone who prefers to ‘ride out’ a storm vs voluntary evacuation
  • Those who have pets
  • People who are elderly
  • Families with babies and small children
  • Farmers, and those who live in a remote area

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!

Is Hurricane Prep in June Really Necessary?

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.

Predictions For The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season!

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.

Ready? Set? Prepare Your Home For The next Hurricane Starting Today!

Grab your FREE COPY of the 2018 South Carolina Hurricane Prep Guide for Homeowners today.

2018 South Carolina Hurricane Guide

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Starts This Week!

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Are You New To The Grand Strand or The Carolinas?

Welcome to the South! If you are new to South Carolina or North Carolina and this is your first summer in the south, you might be new to the Atlantic Hurricane season as well.

The Myrtle Beach area, where Strand Security is located, is a fast-growing area. New housing developments are popping out of the ground like mushrooms and new roads, intersections and schools are constructed so fast it’s hard to keep up with!

Many of the new residents to the Grand Strand are moving here from ‘up North’ as we locals say. That means that many new residents are unfamiliar with hurricane season, hurricane prep and hurricane readiness.

No worries, Strand Security is here to help you navigate hurricane prep!

The Atlantic Hurricane Season Starts on June 1, 2018

This coming week is the start of hurricane season in case you didn’t know.

The 2018 hurricane season runs from June 1, 2018, to November 30, 2018.

Hurricane activity has already been spotted and this 2018 hurricane season is expected to more active than usual!

What does that mean? It means that there is a higher chance of a hurricane affecting the Carolinas and thus affecting you, our fellow Grand Strand residents. Fortunately, those who have lived here their whole lives, and those who’ve experienced and lived through hurricanes, are always happy to share their knowledge with those who are new to the area.

Why ‘reinvent the wheel’ when you can learn from past mistakes and triumphs?! 

Preparing in June Is Important Especially For New South Carolina Residents

As the hurricane season is usually not too active in June, this is a great time to do your research on what it will take to be ready and prepared for when a hurricane does head towards the Carolinas.

You will need to get a handle on what supplies are needed and when to start collecting a hurricane kit.

Here are 4 things you can start on in June, even if there is no hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean!

  1. Research the need for a generator. Purchase your generator this month if possible if you decide to buy one.
  2. Check and/or update your homeowner’s insurance policy and the need for flood and/or wind and hail insurance.
  3. Find out if you’ll need hurricane shutters or plywood boards and order them now! (ask your neighbors!)
  4. Talk to your security company and get a backup battery for your system ordered ASAP

Protecting People, Places, and Pets During The Next Hurricane

Next, start on your plans for evacuations and or staying.

Think about creating hurricane plans for

  • people
  • your home and business
  • pets

We have created an amazing resource for you this year!

Check out this FREE DOWNLOADABLE 2018 South Carolina Hurricane Guide for Homeowners!

2018 South Carolina Hurricane Guide for Homeowners

Standing By For the next Hurricane, Prepared, Gives You Peace of Mind!

Why should you think about hurricane prep when there is no hurricane in sight?

Here is why!

As soon as there is a named hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean, people panic.

Weather channels will regurgitate information, locals will run to the stores to purchase hurricane supplies and you’ll be overwhelmed with helpful and not-s-helpful hurricane preparedness advice.

Take it from us – do your homework now.

[Not to mention that any insurance policy you’d take out won’t be in effect that close to a natural disaster!]

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail! 

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

 

Should I Evacuate With The Next Hurricane?

Should I evacuate with the next Hurricane?

Should You Evacuate When the Next Hurricane Heads Your Way?

The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1, 2018, till November 30, 2018. A lot can happen in those months and we are sure to see storm activity in the ocean soon enough.

If you are new to South Carolina, or the South Carolina coast, you might not have experienced a hurricane season before now.

You might ask yourself ‘Should I evacuate with the next hurricane?’

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The answer might surprise you!

How To Decide Whether To Evacuate For A Hurricane

There are several factors involved in whether you should evacuate for a hurricane.

Here are the most important factors you need to decide whether to stay and ride out the next storm, or whether you should evacuate.

  • What your local authorities are mandating or recommending you do. Each storm will be different.
  • Category of the named storm.
  • The path of the storm.
  • What type of home you live in.
  • How close you are to the ocean – if you are in a flood zone, you’ll be asked to evacuate sooner than someone who lives inland.
  • How many dependents you have, if any, and how young, or old, they are.
  • Whether you are able-bodied or if you rely on medical devices run on electricity to keep you healthy.
  • Your personal experience riding out a storm at home.
  • Transportation to evacuate.
  • Money for evacuation to a hotel, or supplies to head to a shelter.

It’s a personal decision whether to evacuate or stay during any storm and therefore you will be personally responsible for your actions, either way!

Sheltering at Home or at a Hurricane Shelter During a Hurricane

If you’ve ever ridden out a storm at home, you know how scary that can be! You don’t know what can and will happen!

You have to be prepared for the worst …

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…and hope for the best!

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If you do head to a shelter, make sure to bring the appropriate supplies.

You should bring at least a 3 day supply of the following:

  • Food & Water – Bring snacks, bottled water and non-perishable canned or packaged food.
  • Medications – Bring prescriptions, glasses and contacts and durable medical equipment.
  • Clothing- Bring a complete change of clothes and footwear.
  • Bedding – This include blankets and sleeping bags.
  • Hygiene Items – Bring sanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste and sanitary items.
  • Important Papers – This includes ID, proof of residency and insurance papers.
  • Cash – This is just in case your debit or credit card is not working.
  • Entertainment Items -This includes puzzles, toys for children and reading material.
  • Miscellaneous – Battery-powered radio, First-Aid Kit, flashlight, Cash

How To Prepare Your Home for the Next Storm!

The very best way to prepare for the next storm is to start now before there is a named storm in the Atlantic Ocean headed to South Carolina!

Introducing

The 2018 South Carolina Hurricane Guide for Homeowners

2018 South Carolina Hurricane Guide


Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

Do You Really Need a Generator During a Hurricane?

Generator for Hurricane

Hurricane Season is Coming, Do You Have A Generator?

If you live on the east coast, you know all about hurricanes. Myrtle Beach and South Carolina residents certainly have experience dealing with hurricanes!

You might have lived through one recently.

Are you prepared? Do you feel ready to tackle yet another Atlantic Hurricane Season? Last time a hurricane came to your state and town, did your home lose power? Did you have a generator or did you muddle through?

Today, we look at why you really need a generator if you want to stay safe during the next hurricane!

What Does a Generator Do When The Power Goes Out?

In case of a power outage, your generator can take over important tasks in your home, especially now that many of us live in Smart homes and almost everything we do runs on electricity!

Here are some of the important devices in and around your home that run on, or use, electricity!

Think about your

  • fridge
  • freezer
  • stove
  • microwave
  • toaster
  • lights
  • locks
  • electronic devices
  • garage door
  • pool system

For those of you with small kids

  • baby monitors
  • TV
  • food blender
  • bottle warmer

For those of you who are elderly or live with the elderly

There is one other system that runs on electricity and that is your home security system!

Who Should Purchase a Generator for Hurricane Season?

This question seems to come up year after year; who should purchase a generator for hurricane season?

Here is our take on this!

  • Anyone who lives in a known hurricane zone
  • Someone who prefers to ‘ride out’ a storm vs voluntary evacuation
  • Those who have pets
  • People who are elderly
  • Families with babies and small children
  • Farmers, and those who live in a remote area

We highly recommend you do your due diligence and check out your options to purchase a generator. We highly recommend you purchase a generator BEFORE hurricane season begins in full-force as the supply will dwindle quickly as soon as there’s a named storm in the Atlantic Ocean.


Click HERE to check out our Visual Hurricane Prep Guide


How Does a Generator Keep You Safe?

Having a generator allows you to keep your security system activated!

Here is what Chuck Bryant of Strand Security has to say:

You can prepare for extended power outages (especially in coastal areas) by doing the following;

  • Connect the power circuit that powers your alarm panel to a generator.
  • Make sure you have a spare battery on hand. Power outages can certainly exceed the life of an existing battery.
  • Call your security company today to get your ‘back up’ alarm panel battery. Do not delay. As soon as a storm is named, these batteries, like all generators and all other hurricane supplies, will be in high demand.
  • If you have to evacuate, relay this information to your security company.
  • Monitor your assets from your smartphone and/or tablet while away.

Safety and security go hand-in-hand during a storm! Don’t delay, prepare your home today for hurricane season!

When Should You Purchase Your Generator?

You should purchase a generator when you start preparing for the next hurricane season. 

We recently published a beautiful hurricane guide for homeowners to help you get ready.

Download your FREE COPY today!


2018 South Carolina Hurricane Guide


Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

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