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!

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The 2018 South Carolina Hurricane Guide for Homeowners

2018 South Carolina Hurricane Guide


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Do You Really Need a Generator During a Hurricane?

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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

Can Cheap Security Systems Protect Me in an Emergency?

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If You Can’t Afford the Best Security System, Get What You Can Afford!

The question of whether cheap security systems can protect you in an emergency is a simple one.
The answer is ‘Yes, cheap security systems CAN protect you in an emergency, however…’

As always, there’s a caveat to such a question.

The ‘however‘ is what this article will focus on. Please read on.

Cheap Security Systems Don’t Last As Long

The problem with cheaply made products is that they are… well… cheap!

  • The materials used in cheap security systems is most likely not of the same grade as the more expensive units.
  • Corners will be cut with regards to research and testing cheaper units.

In other words, cheap security systems might not last as long and replacement costs can thus drive up your total cost.

Cheap Security Systems Don’t Always Integrate Well With Existing Hardware

If you are in the market for an upgrade and you want to go cheap, be forewarned that cheap systems often don’t integrate well with older systems or any system for that matter. Meaning, you might have to fork over more money because you might not be able to reuse existing hardware. Again, in the end, this will drive up the final cost.

Cheap Security Systems Might Break or Malfunction More Easily

Cheaply made does not always have to mean lesser quality.

When it does, however, and when cheap translates into broken or malfunctioning systems requiring maintenance, this, of course, comes at a cost.

As much as we like you, our customer, we really don’t want to come see you every month because of issues with a cheap security system. We much rather spend our time helping (new) customers set up new systems that will last a long, long time!

Cheap Security Systems Don’t Come with Good Warranties

When a system breaks to no fault of yours, warranties will allow for replacement units. That is, as long as you didn’t pick the cheapest security system without such warranty. In that case, you will be responsible for replacing units and again, cheap becomes expensive when you have these unexpected additional costs associated with your security system.


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Strand Security Offers Honeywell Total Connect Systems!

We work with many different brands and we stand behind every piece of equipment we install.

Have you checked out the Honeywell Total Connect systems and mobile apps?

We believe everyone can afford a security system; let us work within your budget!

What Cheap Security Systems Can Do!

If the security system is new and has been installed by a reputable dealer, even cheap security systems will

  • notify you of intruders
  • alarm when a fire breaks out
  • alert you to Carbon Monoxide poisoning

If you have a monitoring company like C.O.P.S. to keep you safe, you are in even better hands!

We invite you to give us a call to see how we may help you with the selection of the right security system for you and your budget!

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

 

How To Select The Best Door Alarm To Keep My Assets Safe

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Most Break-ins Happen Through Unlocked Doors!

Did you know that?

Most break-ins happen through unlocked doors and happen during the daytime hours of 10 AM – 2 PM.

Yes, that’s right! Daytime break-ins happen more than at any other time day or night, with easy access, because people don’t use their locks. We make it really easy for thieves to have access to our valuables this way.

We can do better than that, can’t we?

Let’s start with something you can do right now that will make it just a bit harder for someone to break into your home.

Make It A Habit To Always Lock Doors Behind You

Sounds simple enough, but it is a habit you need to create by doing it each and every time.

Start off by reading about evening routines to keep your family and your assets safe. You can apply some of these same principles to a daytime routine when you leave your home to go to work, to go shopping or even just going for a walk with your dog. Don’t ever assume that thieves come during the night in a black mask. Often, they come during the day, they might greet your neighbors and walk out with your valuables without anyone suspecting what they are doing.

Locking your doors is the first step.

So what is step two to prevent break-ins?

Research The Best Door Alarm To Purchase

Can we assume you always do due diligence on new purchases like homes, cars, refrigerators, and HVAC systems? You need to do due diligence on door alarms the same way.

This includes learning more about door alarms before talking to a dealer about purchasing a system.

Consider

  • price point/budget
  • size of your home
  • number of access doors and windows
  • stories of your home
  • current technology in your home
  • remote access

Once you have this information on a list, then pick up the phone and call your nearest local security dealer at 843-318-6392

Your Security Company Can Tell You More About What Brands They Prefer

Each security dealership has preferred vendors and brands they work with.

The best door alarms are those your security company uses the most, and those they trust to keep their customers and their family safe.

Why don’t you ask this:

“What door alarm do you have installed in your home?”

This should give you an answer to the question; ‘what is the best door alarm to keep my family safe?’

Go ahead and ask us today.

Then once you have a system installed, make it a habit to active your system whenever you leave your home! 

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

Are You in Search of The Best Burglar System Money Can Buy?

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Does Your Home Have a Burglar System?

If you have any sort of burglar system, congrats. We hope you did your research before purchasing and that you are happy with the system you picked and the provider you currently have. Have you had an emergency yet? How good was the customer service provided and how was the response time?

If you do not currently have any sort of system in your home, we assume you might want to know how to get the best burglar system money can buy!

Does Your Business Have a Burglar System?

If you own a business like us, you understand the value of preventing crime.

Employee theft, workplace accidents, vandalism, workplace invasion; each of these come with a heavy price tag.

Having a solid burglar system in place at your business location can help prevent and deter crime. A system with cameras can also help you determine cause, and guilt, of crimes.

If you do not currently have any sort of system at your place of business, we assume you might want to know how to get the best burglar system money can buy!


Here are several points to consider before buying any kind of security burglar system.

Do your Due Diligence and Research Burglar System Options First!

Why do you need a burglar alarm system?

Have you

  • recently purchased a new home?
  • moved into a new home?
  • made a state-to-state move?
  • switched neighborhoods?
  • been the victim of a crime?
  • read about the increase in crime in your town?
  • started a business?
  • taken over an existing business location?
  • recently dealt with employee theft?

Most often, something ‘triggers’ a homeowner or business owner to start looking for the best burglar system available.

The journey to select starts with solid research on what is available in your location.

Decide How Much Money You Can Spend on the Best Burglar System Money Can Buy

‘The best burglar alarm system your money can buy’ can mean many things.

When thinking about a budget think about the following cost; both now and in the future.

  • equipment
  • monthly monitoring
  • installation
  • equipment replacement
  • add-ons
  • smart home technology

Remember this:

The most basic burglar system will still deter a would-be burglar.

A fancy, automated system will make it easier for you to operate the system.

Will You Want Home Automation and Add Smart Technolgy in Your Home?

If you are going to be spending money on a burglar system, this is a great time to check out your smart home options!

These systems can and do work together.

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Talk to your trusted security company about these options BEFORE deciding on a burglar system.

Is the Track Record of the Remote Monitoring Company Important to You?

Last but not least, we want you to remember that you get what you pay for.

You could have the best equipment, the latest technology, and the nicest customer service rep, but if the response time of the monitoring company is not good, you could still be left ‘in a pickle’ when an emergency happens to you or your family!

We at Strand Security pride ourselves on working with the best in the industry!
Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

 

 

 

 

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