Safety First! Make a Family Emergency Plan Today!

Does Your Family Have a Family Emergency Plan Yet?

Safety First! Create a Family Emergency Plan Today!

An emergency is just that; ‘an unexpected and usually dangerous situation that calls for immediate action.’

Planning for emergencies is not an easy thing to do, since, well… they happen when you least expect it! However, having a PLAN does help you ‘take control’ of the unexpected, as far as that’s possible.

Plan for an Emergency by Doing Drills!

With kids going back to school this month, we thought it would be a good idea to review some family emergency plans. Just like your kids will be exposed to fire drills, earthquake drills, tornado drills, bomb drills or, at least here in South Carolina we do them; hurricane drills, at their schools. You should be planning for a home emergency as well by doing these types of drills with a written out plan, at  your home!


On the website ‘disastercenter.com’ we learn that

  • Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services, such as water, gas, electricity, or telephones were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away.
  • Families can and do cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility. Learn more about Family Disaster Plans by contacting your local emergency management office or your local American Red Cross chapter.

We then went to the Red Cross site and according to the Red Cross, creating a family emergency plan is “important to make sure that the entire family is prepared and informed in the event of a disaster or emergency. You may not always be together when these events take place and should have plans for making sure you are able to contact and find one another.

The American Red Cross suggests some basic steps to make sure you remain safe:

  • Meet with your family or household members.
  • Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.
  • Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.
  • If a family member is in the military, plan how you would respond if they were deployed.

To read the full Red Cross article, click here.

 

FEMA also has some valuable information. They have created two downloadable family communication plans as PDFs, one for parents and one for kids.
Family Communication Plan for Kids
Family Communication Plan for Parents

These would be a great starting point for any family who doesn’t have a family emergency plan yet!


Do These Four Things To Keep Your Family Save in Time of Disaster and Emergency

To round out this article, here are four things to keep in mind and take care of today!

  1. Find out what can happen to you and your family.
  2. Create a family disaster plan.
  3. Complete your checklists.
  4. Practice and maintain your plan.

4 steps to creating and executing a family emergency plan

If you do all of these, you can rest just a bit easier when disaster strikes!

EDIT: March 2017

We received a beautiful email from a Girl Scout Troop. The girls in the troop are currently working on their first aid badges and we they have been talking about emergency preparedness.  Our article provided a ton of info for the girls. In their research, they found another helpful resource. Today, we are happy to share it with you, too.

Check out this article by BePrepared.com

CREATE AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN FOR YOUR FAMILY

Get ready! You can never be too prepared!

 

Contact Strand Security today

 

How To Test Your Security Alarm System

How To Test Your Security Alarm System

Testing your Security Alarm System; Why, How and When

Did you know that your security alarm system should be tested weekly? The reason why should be fairly obvious but let us explain; we want you to be safe and secure and you will only be as safe and secure as your system is. Therefore, testing your system often is a smart move. To make it easier we found our service manager and systems specialist in Myrtle Beach, Chad Bernard, willing to help create this video.

In this ‘How To’ video, Chad gives us step by step instruction on how to test your security alarm system at home or at your place of business. Please watch the full video to ensure success!


How To Test Your Security Alarm System

Hi, I am Chad from Strand Security (in Myrtle Beach, SC) today we’re going to teach you how to test your system.

It’s important to test your system so that you know that every component is working correctly and you can notify your security company to make any repairs.

First thing that you need to do it is call your central station at 1-800-633-2677 (COPS Monitoring). Give them your name and address and tell them you want to put your account on ‘test’ for two hours. They will ask you for your account password to validate that you are supposed to be on the account.

After doing that, you will go to your keypad and you need to arm your system. (Put in your own user code)

‘Arm’ and ‘Away’

After your system is arming, you’re going to wait for it to count down.

Then you will open all of the doors and windows and close them to make sure they trip the system and you will walk in front of all the motion detectors to make sure that they trip.

When you get done, turn the system off by entering your (user) code and pressing ‘off’.

Then you will need to call central stations, COPS Monitoring, at the 800 number and give them your account information again and they will be able to read off all of the zones and all of the devices that you tripped.

If there’s one missing, you can call Strand Security and we can get that repaired for you!


 

Thank you to Chad Bernard, service manager and systems specialist at Strand Security for making this informative video on testing your alarm system! 

Contact Strand Security today

 

 

How Safe and Secure Are Your Home and Business?

How Safe and Secure are your Home and Business?

Safety First

Where have you heard this phrase ‘Safety First’? We think it’s everywhere. At schools, day camps, day care, at work…

How about your home? Is your home ‘safe’? 

Did you know that many accidents happen at home? Did you think that home is safest place for babies, toddlers, kids and adults alike?

Think again!

“Did you know that more than 18,000 Americans die every year from injuries that take place in the home? This makes it the second most common location for such fatalities. Why are home injuries so prevalent? Most Americans are unaware that they are able to prevent such accidents.”  via A Secure Life

 

Prevention starts with identifying the dangers, then improving those hazards, as well as monitoring what’s going on while you aren’t there (keeping an eye on teens, babysitters, older adults and pets!)

Accidents in the Workplace

The same way you might have thought that home is a safe place, many people assume that they are safe at work. Work-related injuries are prevalent however. Here is a list of the top 10 most common workplace injuries!  Preventing work injuries will always be a two way street for both employers and employees.

How Safe and Secure Are Your Home and Business?

There are many ways you can prevent injuries at home and at your place of business.

We found this helpful article about How a Remote Security Camera System Can Help Your Business. They include the following three reasons security cameras can help keep your business secure.

Security Cameras will

✔ Prevent theft and break-ins
✔ Improve employee performance
✔ Ensure employee safety
In one of our own articles we read that security cameras can

 

✔ Monitor Staff

✔ Monitor Customers

✔ Monitor Property

thus adding to that layer of protection for your staff!

Home Sweet Home

Whether you protect yourself, your staff and your loved ones with a security system and security cameras, or not, all comes down to your level of comfort as well as your pocketbook!

We’re always happy to speak with you regarding your options.

Be safe, not sorry!

For a handy security checklist for first-time homeowners, click here

Contact Strand Security today

New Driver? Enter Vehicle Tracker from Honeywell Total Connect™

New driver in the family? Enter Honeywel Total Connect for added peace of mind!

A New Teen Driver in the Family Adds New Worries!

Let’s talk parent to parent for a minute.

Parenting isn’t easy, is it? 

When your babies are babies, you worry about their development, health and food.
When they grow more and become school-aged kids, you worry about academics, friends and outside influences.
When they become teens, you worry about dating, high school, sex and …driving!

Getting your Driver’s License is a Rite of Passage

Beyond being a rite of passage, it’s a must-have for every teen; that coveted driver’s license and that car…!

The statistics on teens and driving are a bit scary, though so we went looking for the facts on teens and driving.

We found this helpful website with lots of statistics and helpful ways to educate yourself and your teen on the dangers and distractions while driving.

Scary Facts and Statistics about Teens and Driving.

✓ Teens behind the wheel and their peer passengers account for one in every five deaths to 15 to 19-year-olds in the U.S.

✓ Motor vehicle crashes kill nearly five times as many teens as cancer or poisoning.

✓ Most teen crashes are not caused by aggressive driving or thrill-seeking. Instead, they are more often caused by errors associated with inexperience, such as poor speed management, inadequate scanning, and distractions from something inside or outside of the vehicle.


 

So how can you protect your teen and how can you help prevent accidents from happening in the first place?

Teach & Talk!

Driver’s Education (required)

Boundaries & Rules (set by you!)

Track Their Moves …  Introducing Honeywell Total Connect™ Vehicle Tracker.

Honeywell Total Connect™ Vehicle Tracker

“Honeywell Total Connect Tracking Services puts you in the driver’s seat – letting you know where your vehicles and assets are and where they’ve been 24/7 – anytime, anywhere, from any web-enabled smart device! You’ll have real-time GPS location information at your fingertips – a great way to keep tabs on teenage drivers and elderly loved ones, recover missing vehicles and monitor or recover lost or stolen valuables. You can even get email or text alerts when vehicles exceed speed limits or predetermined geographic boundaries.”

Want To Keep Your Myrtle Beach Teenage Driver Safe?

Come talk to us, parent to parent, about Vehicle Tracker from Honeywell Total Connect™!

Contact Strand Security today

 

The Ultimate Security Checklist for the First Time Homeowner

The Ultimate Security Checklist for the First time Homeowner

Are You Buying Your First Home?

If you, or someone you know, is buying their first home in Myrtle Beach or elsewhere, there are so many things to take care of! It’s exciting to own your own home. It’s also a bit intimidating and scary at times. The responsibility of a mortgage alone can create stress.

Besides working with a Realtor to view and buy a home and a bank to get approved for a mortgage you should also consider a relationship with your local security company!

From Renter to Homeowner: Responsibilities Mount!

  • When you rent a home and you have a leak, you call your landlord.
  • When you own a home and you have a leak, you call your plumber.
  • When you rent a home and your HVAC system breaks, you call your landlord.
  • When you own a home and your HVAC system breaks, you call the HVAC company.

Home maintenance bills mount and all repairs are now on you!

Preventing problems and maintaining a home and property become priority.

Preventing a home invasion, a fire or other disaster should also be high on your to-do list as a new homeowner.

How Your Security Company Can Help!

We at Strand Security have put together this quick check list for the first time homeowner.

Feel free to share it with realtors, friends or family who are purchasing their first home. If you are a seasoned home owner yourself, it wouldn’t hurt to just double check to make sure you are doing everything possible to prevent a break-in or home invasion.

Here is our ultimate ‘Security Check List for the First Time Homeowner

 

Always change the locks before you move in! Get several spare keys made and keep track of who has one.

When hiding an extra key outside, do NOT hide your key under the front door mat or plant! You shouldn’t be hiding any key outside, however we know you will. When you do, be more creative!*

Consider getting a security system. This is a huge deterrent to burglars. When you do get a security system and time comes to set it up, create a pin code that is NOT your birthday, your home address or your zip code!

As you move in and get settled in your new home, go and meet your neighbors. Introduce yourself; knowing your neighbors and their habits is a good way to stay safe.

If you do meet your neighbors and get friendly and you each want to hide a key, *hide a key at your neighbors home. So your key goes in your neighbors’ yard and your neighbors’ key is in your yard. You’ve now outsmarted any burglar trying to get in with a key.

Install outdoor lighting if there isn’t any. Sensor lights that detect movement are great!

After any workman has come to do work in your home, always recheck all windows and doors, making sure they are still locked!

Buy a few timers and put a light or two on timers to go on and off at night and in the morning. Even if you are away for the weekend, it will look as if someone is home.

Again, if you are friendly with your neighbors, ask your neighbors to bring in mail, your newspaper and your trashcan if you are away. Leaving mail, trashcans and newspapers on your lawn indicate no one is home.

 

Security Checklist for the First Time Homeowner

Prevent and Deter!

Do all the things listed in the Security Checklist and the ‘odds are in your favor’!

Preventing a home invasion or burglary is always preferred over dealing with the traumatic aftermath of one!

Contact Strand Security today

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