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The Most Useful Hurricane Prep Tips – Lessons Learned from Hurricane Irma

the most useful hurricane prep tips - lessons learned form Hurricane irma

Hurricane Prep Starts BEFORE the Threat of a New Hurricane

Yes, you read that right! Planning and prepping for the next hurricane starts now.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you start your hurricane preparations before the next hurricane threat arrives. These are tips from the experts at FEMA and NOAA and other government agencies tasked with keeping you safe!

  • Know your hurricane evacuation zone
  • Decide when to evacuate your family (Cat. 1, Cat. 2, Cat. 3 or when a mandatory evacuation is called for )
  • Write a written plan for when your stay, including a supply list
  • Write a written plan for when you evacuate, including a supply list
  • Plan to include your pets
  • Have more than one evacuation destination plans – you need to evacuate away from the pending storm.
  • Talk to your neighbors about past storm experiences.
  • Buy hurricane supplies now, before they become a valued commodity – think generator, drinking water, ply-board, canned goods, extra gasoline cans, extra propane tank for your gas grill and more.
  • Take an inventory video of each room in your home.
  • Scan all your insurance documents and important papers to store in the cloud.

If you’d like a more VISUAL HURRICANE PREP LIST, check out one of our earlier posts with a super cool hurricane prep infographic.

Now that you know how to start preparing for the next hurricane, let us check on some hurricane myths floating around the internet…!

What NOT to Do: Debunking Hurricane Prep Myths

From the Tampa Bay Times come these myths that have been floating around on Facebook and other social media sites this past week as Floridians prepared for Hurricane Irma to make landfall. People just keep sharing these over and over and over!

Have you heard these myths? Have you SHARED these myths on social media? Please stop!

  • Crack your windows during a hurricane
  • Taping up windows prevents them from shattering
  • Hotels are required to house pets and service animals
  • The dishwasher is a safe place to keep valuables you don’t want to get wet
  • You only need to board up windows and doors that are facing the water

Do not take your advice from Facebook. Do not take your hurricane advice from ‘friends, families and neighbors’ reposting ‘copy & paste’ tips from who-knows-where. Instead follow the guidelines from FEMA and your local government agencies experienced in hurricane preparedness.

HUrricane Tips to Sink Your Teeth in Myrtle Beach

Hurricane Prep Tips To Seek Your Teeth In!

You can connect with FEMA on ready.gov to get started.

Start here!

Another great agency for up-to-date hurricane information is NOAA.

Start here!

We understand that sometimes reading these official government sites can be intimidating, so take care to always check your sources if you do read non government information on non government sites.

Hurricane Preparation and Family Emergency Planning Go Hand in Hand

If you have never made a family emergency plan, start today.

That includes making a plan for a tornado, hurricane, flood, fire or other natural disaster.
We hope you never, ever have to implement such a plan, but in case of emergency, you will be so happy to have a plan to refer back to to help you move forward.

As always, if we can be of assistance, do not hesitate to reach out to us!

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

A Mandatory Evacuation Leaves Your Home Unattended, or Does It?

When a mandatory evacuation is called for, it's hard to leave your home and business behind. Keep an eye on the homefront with Honeywell Total Connect!

Hurricane Hermine, go away!

This is what we are dealing with in Myrtle Beach right now as Hurricane Hermine is rolling in this Friday afternoon.

Pretty scary road conditions, right? And according to the local Myrtle Beach news stations and the Weather Channel, this is JUST the beginning.

This is also ‘just’ a category 1 hurricane turned tropical storm by the time it fully hits the Grand Strand.

Are you prepared for when the next storm hits?

What if the next one is the big one?

Do you know what to do and how to prepare?

When The Big One Hits; You Might Encounter a Mandatory Evacuation.

If you are new to the area or if you’ve never lived in a hurricane zone before now, you might never have experienced a mandatory evacuation before and let us tell you; it’s scary to leave everything you have behind – everything but what fits into your car.

Depending on where you live and your flood zone, you might be one of the first families asked to leave.

There are many ways to prepare for a possible evacuation and all we can say is; plan, prepare and be ready!

But once you leave… it might be a while before you allowed back into your neighborhood!

How Will You Know What’s Happening at Home?

Well, most people don’t know how things are back home once they evacuate! It’s one of the more scary things to encounter during hurricane season – beside losing power, flash floods, falling trees and loss of electricity… just to name a few things that can go wrong.

Here’s another scary thing about the mandatory evacuation; your neighbors will be evacuating as well and no one can keep an eye on your home and your property, or can they?

We Have C.O.P.S Monitoring Our Homes, Even During Natural Disasters and Hurricane Evacuations!

Mandatory evacuations during a hurricane is scary. Leaving your home behind is even scarier.  We have a solution on how you can keep tabs on your home and your business, even if you need to evacuate!

You heard that right!

If you have a Honeywell Total Connect security system in your home, YOU and YOUR MONITORING SERVICE will BOTH be able to keep an eye on your home!

Through the mobile app you will be notified of windows breaking, zones going out and if you have security cameras installed, you can do a physical check on your property as well!

You can do this from your phone or tablet and from the safety of a dry, warm hotel room or a relatives’ home; far, far away from the path of the destructive hurricane!

With Honeywell Total Connect you’ll have peace of mind like few others have when a hurricane rolls in!

Have a plan and be safe!

SIDE NOTE:

If you are a business owner, you will most likely have additional worries and concerns during a mandatory evacuation! It’s imperative to the continued success of your business that you not only have a security system in place during the next hurricane that rolls in, but that you also have a set of security cameras to record and show you in real time what’s happening in your business.

The only world we need to mention is ‘looting‘ and you’ll know what we are talking about!

Need a Security System, Stat?

Please let us know how we may help keep you and yours safe and secure!

Contact Strand Security today

How To Best Prepare for An Active Hurricane Season

How to prepare for a Hurricane

Do You Know Your Hurricane Evacuation Routes?

If you live in the south (east) of the United States you have to know about hurricane season; really all up and down the east coast you can be affected by hurricanes at any time during the hurricane season. If you have just recently moved south – maybe you just got to Myrtle Beach and you are reading this, you might not really know what the ‘fuss’ is about! We run into newly relocated people (from up north) often and they really have no idea what kind of damage a hurricane can do; both the wind and the water can destroy homes on their own, but putting them together and you’ve got a ‘perfect storm’.

First and foremost, if you do live in the south, you should know your evacuation route and you should have a family emergency plan.

When Is Hurricane Season?

For our North Atlantic area, hurricane season starts in June and runs through November!

This means that as this is published, hurricane season is in full swing and we (meaning you, the reader, and me, the writer) should gets prepared NOW!

From experience, we know a few things about hurricanes. Here are some of the things we do and take care of each season to prepare for a hurricane.

How to prepare for a hurricane in Myrtle Beach
Preparing For A Big Storm

✓ Keep a close eye on the forecast – know what’s happening and when to evacuate.

✓ Stock up on essentials BEFORE mention of any storm (because these supplies will be very hard to find once a storm approaches). Whether you stay home to ‘ride it out’ or you need to go to a shelter, even if you evacuate; you will need these supplies!

  • flashlights with batteries
  • extra batteries
  • power-bank for your phones
  • car chargers
  • candles and/or hand-cranked light source
  • supply of blankets and towels
  • water supply – 1 gallon p/p per day
  • dry milk
  • canned food
  • dry food
  • cash (because ATMs will run out)
  • filled up gas tanks (because gas stations will run out of gas)
  • generator (optional)
  • gas grill (with extra propane tank)
  • plywood to board up your house (optional)
  • masking tape to tape off your windows (optional)
  • chainsaw (optional – comes in handy when trees are down!)
  • create a portable toolkit
  • stock your first-aid kit
  • water-proof pocket file holder for all your paperwork (insurance cards, medical info, passports, proof of local residency etc)
  • if you have pets: vet records, extra food and carriers (so they can evacuate with you)
  • hotel reservations for up to 4 days in the city you are evacuating to, if you don’t want to stay locally in a shelter

✓ Let your family and friends know what your plans are and where you are headed!
✓ Connect with your neighbors – together you can figure out when to leave and when it is safe to return after a storm.
✓ Ask elderly neighbors if they have a plan – help them make arrangements if possible.

Here Is What The Experts Say About Preparing For A Big Storm

We found several great online resources for preparing and dealing with an approaching hurricane.

The best place to start is here.
Once you land on that website, you will find all of the following resources at your fingertips!

How To Prepare for a Hurricane
We recommend you familiarize yourself with this list, read it, act on the tips and then sit back, because along with you, we truly hope this is an inactive hurricane season and we will NOT see a major hurricane!

How Do You Prepare for a Hurricane?

Prepare, plan and stay informed and you will be fine!

We at Strand Security want all of our friends, family and customers to be safe and secure at all times. Our hope is you will start to think of a few things you can do now so that once a storm is approaching you aren’t fully unprepared to get ready. Feel free to ask us how we can help you!

Contact Strand Security today

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

 

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