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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!

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

Dealing with the Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

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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

How To Stay Safe With These Fall Security Tips

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Fall Is In The Air!

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.

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Fall Clean Up and Maintenance

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.

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Fall Security Tips for Your Home

To keep your home in tip-top shape and your family safe and secure, here is a fall maintenance list.

✅ Check Outdoor Lighting

Replace bulbs if necessary and check the wiring for all outdoor security lights.

✅ Keep The Yard Free of Debris and Wet Leaves

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.

✅Service your HVAC unit

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.

✅Hire a Chimney Sweep

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.

✅Test Your Batteries

This includes the batteries to your Carbon Monoxide alarms as well as your fire alarms.

✅Use Caution When Using Space Heaters

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.

✅Clean Out Clothes Dryer Vent

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.

✅ Put Together a Hurricane Kit and Plan

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.

✅ Test Your Security System

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.

Prepare. Relax. Enjoy Fall!

Why not take time to get this list done and then go out an play a round of golf on your next free weekend? 😉
Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

Myrtle Beach Self Defense Introduces ‘Fight Club’ for Women and Girls

Introducing the Myrtle Beach Fight Club for Women and Girls!

Strand Security, Myrtle Beach Self Defense and Karate World of Surfside Beach are very excited to introduce you to the Myrtle Beach Fight Club for women and girls.

Myrtle Beach Fight Club

How did we get here?

Read on!

What is Myrtle Beach Self Defense?

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)

What Has Myrtle Beach Self Defense Accomplished in Two Years?

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?

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Partnering With Karate World in Surfside Beach, South Carolina

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.

Summer Series of Self Defense

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!

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Fight Club Launches in Myrtle Beach

Now that you know our 2+ year history, we are excited to give you the full details of our Fight Club.

Myrtle beach 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.

We’ve Been Teaching Women to Defend Themselves All Wrong

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

9 Questions to Ask Your Home Security Provider

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Are You Looking For A New Home Security System?

You might be in the market for a new home security system if you

  • recently moved to the Grand Strand
  • just bought a new home
  • currently are in the process of building a new home
  • are the victim of a recent crime
  • found your home burglarized
  • have watched the crime rate in your neighborhood explode
  • not long ago had a baby
  • changed jobs

Changes in lifestyle, location or family life all contribute to a search for added security.

You’ve Got Home Security Questions, We’ve Got Answers

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!

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Home Security

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?

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9 Questions to Ask Your Home Security Provider

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!

  1. How long have you been in business?
  2. Are you licensed?
  3. What equipment (brands) do you use?
  4. Who monitors your systems?
  5. What is the average response time to emergencies?
  6. How much is the install?
  7. What is my overall cost?
  8. Will I get a yard sign and window decals?
  9. Does your system help me qualify for a home insurance discount?

Home Security = Peace of Mind

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