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If you are a small business owner on the Grand Strand, in either Horry County or Georgetown County and you have employees, you know how hard it is to keep good workers around.
The Myrtle Beach area is a fairly transient area. While we have 1400+ new residents moving to the area each month, many don’t plan very well for their move to the Grand Strand. Crime is on the rise in certain areas, and robberies happen.
As a small business owner, you manage your business and you manage your employees. That’s a lot of management and responsibility.
Your main job is to keep your customers happy and your employees safe from harm!
That is where we at Strand Security come in.
Knowledge is power. We know you know it.
How are you putting this into practice?
Are you educating your staff on safety procedures, first aid, fire safety and more?
Or are you doing only what is required by law?
Happy employees create happy customers. Simple as that!
Let us help you create a safe and secure environment for your employees in order for them to serve your customers with a smile on their face!
While this is not a complete list, this is a great place to start!
Put each new employee through safety training.
That training would include
Once each employee has gone through safety training classes/workshops, keep this information fresh in the minds of all who’ve attended by installing safety rules and regulation signage and reminders in your place of business.
Bring in an expert at least once per year, but preferably quarterly to update safety procedures.
A 30-minute reminder about rules and regulations goes a long way to keeping everyone safe at work! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
This suggestion is good for certain industries and businesses; not everyone needs a security or safety officer on staff! However, in certain places and certain situations, this suggestion warrants a second look!
If keeping your employees safe is your # 1 concern in your business, give them and yourself peace of mind and have a professional security company equip your place of business with a monitored security system!
In addition to a monitored system, adding security cameras is an even better way to keep your employees out of harm’s way.
Last but not least, a panic button will be one of the best investments your small business can make to ensure the safety of your employees, and yourself at all times. Industries that should consider panic button include, but are not limited to
While the following training suggestions aren’t required for most small businesses, we suggest you as the owner provide additional opportunities for your employees to learn these next skills.
If you live in the southeast, you should have a hurricane emergency plan.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 every year and while most hurricanes are active in September and October, a hurricane could develop in the other months.
Hurricane prep for your family, home and business should start now, while the skies are blue and the sun is shining and most people are enjoying the beach.
Doesn’t matter whether you read this in June, July or August – Hurricane prep should be done weeks if not months before a named storm heads your way!
Besides your home and family, your business property will also need looking after during a hurricane.
What steps can you take today, to make that happen and how can you best protect your business property when a hurricane comes to the Grand Strand, or to the place where you reside?
Let’s look at 3 ways you can make an impact today, that will help you secure your business property later!
This written plan should layout how to prepare your building for a hurricane, different scenarios depending on the severity and strength of the hurricane, who will be in charge when the hurricane hits, whom to contact after a hurricane (electric company, water company, contractor, insurance agent), your insurance paperwork and suppliers information and other important details you will need, to keep your business afloat in times of inclement weather.
You see, panic sets in once the local news stations merely hint at a possible storm, and supplies will be gone before you know it.
As business owners who’ve lived on the Grand Strand nearly 10 years, we’ve seen a few storms head our way and we’ve seen business owners (as well as local residents) be ill-prepared.
Don’t get caught without a plan!
How scary will it be if you have to evacuate and leave everything you know and love behind?
Super scary! We know first-hand.
We offer this service to monitor your business year-round to
as another reason to get a remote monitoring system installed at your business property!
With this system in place, you can watch in real-time what is happening.
This monitoring becomes vital after a hurricane has come and gone as flooding and looting are two concerns that pop up afterward!
Last but not least, do the following as soon as you can, before any storm hits the Atlantic waters and stirs up the Grand Strand!
We’ve been through several hurricanes since moving to the Grand Strand area from Maryland and each one is as unpredictable as the next.
It’s not just the wind and rain you have to account for, but also flooding afterward!
Come talk to us about hurricane prep!
If you are a reader of our blog, you know both Chuck and Heather Bryant of Strand Security.
This is the mission of MBSD:
Myrtle Beach Self-Defense equips women and teenage girls with proven exit strategies and hands-on techniques to stand their ground, defend, and fight in case of a personal attack. We aim to transform any unsuspecting target into a powerful woman to be reckoned with through teaching of prevention and awareness techniques in every class. We are driven by personal experience to spread female empowerment to women of all ages and abilities.
This is THE time to book a private session with Heather, or book her time for your organization, association or group! Heather will travel to your group, and teaches at your location on the Grand Strand, both in Horry County as well as Georgetown County.
As you send your daughter off to college, off to school as a new driver, or if you’ve had a life change that now finds you spending more time alone, taking a self-defense class will boost your confidence and well as awareness to potentially dangerous situations.
Did we mention yet that Heather comes to YOUR LOCATION?
She’s taught self-defense classes at
We aren’t the only ones who understand the importance of self-defense for women and young girls!
WBTW News 13’s Lauren Crawford interviewed Heather for a news segment called
Watch it here:
We’d love to have you join a class this fall.
Connect with Heather today.
Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to the MBSD Facebook Page to message her.
If a hurricane might be on its way to the Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach area, you’ll be monitoring the weather closely. Local news stations will have the latest updates and will be predicting the path of the hurricane, with limited success, of course.
Those who’ve lived here for years know that nothing is set in stone and that hurricanes can and do often change direction.
Usually, you have about a week before a hurricane has made its way to you from the time of the first warning.
So what is the first thing you need to do when a hurricane is headed your way?
Keep reading and we’ll tell you!
You read that right.
If a hurricane is headed your way, the first thing to do it to activate your emergency and hurricane plan.
What do these look like?
They are written plans which detail many steps to take to get your family to safety and include things like
and much more.
The important part of these plans is that you’ve done your homework BEFORE the threat of a hurricane reaches your area because if you don’t have a plan, and that happens, all bets are off to get supplies.
There will be an instantaneous shortage of sandbags, generators and hotel rooms, just a few things that are essential to having a safe and affordable hurricane plan.
Just a friendly tip; amazon sells sandbags and other hurricane supplies, so may we suggest you order items now, right now, and tuck those away for later?
Things to buy now, and tuck away in your hurricane supply kit include
Every local outlet will be scrambling to have as many of these supplies on hand as possible, but each time a hurricane heads this way we hear of people missing out on sandbags and other items on this list as the supply lines dry up quickly.
Amazon and online purchasing should be done before the threat of a hurricane because supply lines will close for everyone.
Order now, don’t delay.
If after a few days the weather pattern holds steady and it does look like a hurricane will make landfall or impact on the Grand Strand, or the area where you live, you will need to do many more things to get ready.
As a homeowner vs renter, you are the sole person in charge of your property. You will either need to hire someone to board up your house, or you will need to do it yourself. If you’d made a hurricane and family emergency plan, you will be all set and have these boards cut to size in your garage or storage shed waiting for you to board up your home.
If you failed to plan for this possibility, you will be hard-pressed to find boards at any home improvement store!
The Grand Strand is growing! Over 1400 people are moving to our area every single month. Many are arriving here form places that don’t ever see hurricanes so there are a lot of people who do not know how to prepare.
We’ve created the 2019 South Carolina Hurricane Guide for Homeowners.
Please read, download and share! Tag a friend and prepare, just in case. It’s heartbreaking to see people panicked, afraid and just unprepared to either hunker down or evacuate without a plan and supplies. Being ill-prepared could cost them their lives.
Your safety is our business.
If you own a home on the Grand Strand, you need our 2019 Hurricane Guide stat, to be ready when the next hurricane hits.
If you own a business on the Grand Strand, you will need that same Hurricane Guide and then some.
As a business owners you are not only responsible for your own family and home, but for the safety of your employees, as well as your commerical property.
Hurricane prep becomes of the utmost importance when you have more than a home and family to take care of.
In this article, we will point you to some important resources to have handy for when the next storm heads toward South Carolina, Myrtle Beach, and the Grand Strand.
All of the guidelines and preparations you make to get your home ready for a possible hit during hurricane season apply to your business.
All the info you need to get started TODAY is right here!
Just click on the image to find our 2019 Hurricane guide!
There is ONE big difference, however, and that is how you deal with and support employees before, during and after a hurricane.
Let’s discuss two scenarios next!
If your business is crucial to the well-being of first-responders and those not evacuating, you might consider keeping your business open as long as possible as the hurricane approaches.
It might be good to keep only a ‘skeleton crew of employees’ and send off those who want or need to leave to care of young children or elderly parents to do so or evacuate.
If you, however, are a business that provides services or goods not crucial in supporting those who will work during a hurricane like that list we mentioned above, consider closing early to send your employees home so they can prepare their home to keep their family safe!
Businesses who sell non-essential* items or provide non-essential* services like
might want to consider closing early.
Roads will get clogged up as people try to evacuate and the sooner people can leave, the better.
When in doubt whether you need to close your business or not (if you are new to the business for example) look at similar businesses in other locations (for us that would be Florida).
A proven track record for staying open or closing early will give you the data you need to make this decision.
When in doubt, err on the safe side and close up shop, or open up for limited hours as the hurricane approaches.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in 2018, Grand Strand Businesses stepped up big time. Their involvement with Hurricane recovery, rebuilding and outreach did not go unnoticed.
There are many ways businesses can help in the aftermath of a hurricane.
No matter what you do, every little bit counts and does get noticed.
South Carolina schools in both Hory County and Georgetown County will be back in session in LESS THEN ONE MONTH and if you are a parent of school-aged children, pre-teens or teenagers after-school care solutions is what’s on your mind right now, are we right?
If you’ve researched after school programs, babysitters and clubs, you know that choices are limited and enrollment is expensive.
You might be ready to try the ‘free’ route aka allow your child to be home alone after school!
The question ‘At what age can a child be left home alone after school’ is one we hear quite frequently. As parents ourselves, we’ve had that same question years ago!
There is a two-part answer to this question.
What does this mean?
It’s up to you as a parent; use your common sense and available resources!
In a previous article, we gave some advice on how to find out if your child is ready to be left home alone.
That included looking at the following criteria
One way to measure maturity is that they either bring it up themselves or that they are excited about the opportunity.
Preparation is key for a child to be ready to be home alone after school.
Rules are important!
From that previously mentioned article, we learn to
- Schedule set times for parental contact during the time spent home alone.
- Discuss telephone ettiquette and what information is ok to share and not share.
- Establish a code word in case there is a need to communicate with the child through a third party.
- Discuss before hand who should be allowed in the house, and who should not be.
- Make a list of rules. Is it ok to play with neighborhood kids or play outside? Which activities are not allowed?
- Again, a prepared person (including a child) is someone with confidence!
These rules are rules kids should know regardless of being home alone, or with a parent!
Kids are rehearsing for emergencies at school; why not rehearse them at home once per month as well?
For those among you who are excited at the prospect of being able to allow your child the freedom of being home alone after school, but are still worried, we have several options for you; all of those will ease your mind!
The Grand Strand area is seeing a huge influx of new residents.
People are drawn to South Carolina for many reasons, mostly economic reasons.
Taxes are fairly low, the cost of living is lower than in most states and the weather is great. Except for the occasional hurricane, of course!
Are you are looking to move to the Grand Strand, or have you recently relocated to the Myrtle Beach area and need to improve your home?
Did you purchase a newly constructed home, or are you in the market to buy an existing home?
Most women buy a home based on the features of the kitchen, bathroom, as well as the location of the home.
Men buy a home based on the opinion of their spouse. 🤩
A few things men do love and look at in a new purchase is a home audio system, a man cave, and home theatre options!
Who wouldn’t want to watch all the games on a big screen with surround sound?
Ask and answer the following questions:
Once you have answered these questions, it’s time to move to the next part.
Wiring the whole house for a home audio system is a large job, made much easier if it’s new construction!
If you want outdoor speakers for your home audio system, you will need to make sure that the brands you pick have speakers and systems that accommodate your outdoor space. Rest assured, most do.
The biggest question is next:
We understand wanting to save a bit of money.
However, installing a home audio system without the proper knowledge and understanding of how this works can lead to … home disasters.
We recommend you only attempt a DIY installation if you are a seasoned handyman or installation pro.
Only one name should come to mind when you need a home audio system installation!
Give us a call and let us help you rid your home of the sound of silence!
Did you know that as many as 1400 people per month are now flocking to the Grand Strand area (in 2019)? We are experiencing growth like few other cities and areas in the USA.
With growth comes growing pains.
Growing pains like these:
You might be looking for a home with a home cinema.
If you can’t find what you are looking for along with all the other new residents to Horry and Georgetown County, maybe you should consider building the perfect home cinema.
What you need to know is that you need to find the most skilled person to design your home cinema, before you hire any contractor to do the work!
As you think and start working with an expert in your home cinema design, the FIRST thing you will need to decide is who you will be invited to enjoy this home cinema with!
Before settling on a home cinema design you will need to know
Hold off on the invites until your home cinema is done..;)
You know you have home cinema design and installation choices if you live on the Grand Strand.
We encourage you to do a few things before settling on whom to hire to install your home cinema.
In other words, do your due diligence so you don’t get taken advantage of.
No matter who you pick to be your home cinema designer and installer; be sure to know s/he designs something you love!
Communication is important for all aspects of this process.
If you’d like to talk with Chuck, please give him a call. We would love to be considered for your next home cinema project!
Why Lynx Touch?
This system supports up to four cameras, which can be displayed individually or in a quad configuration on the touchscreen!
Through the touch screen, you can control security and home automation functions, and view videos on up to four cameras.
Through mobile access, you can keep an eye on your home and stay connected to your family and home whether you are across the street, or across the world!
The screen is a brilliant full-color touch screen, making the icons clear and easy to read.
The display also features two dedicated keys for easy access to the home screen as well as emergency functions.
Check it out in the video!
No matter where you are or what you may be doing, with this system, you can view up to four indoor or outdoor cameras right on the touchscreen or anywhere on premises on your smartphone, tablet or another WiFi-enabled device.
Lynx is a great system to keep an eye on your family as well as your property.
Think about keeping an eye on your
and so much more!
With Honeywell Lynx Touchscreen, you are in complete control of your thermostats, lights and locks!
Even when at work or on vacation, you have control all of these home functions.
All these actions can be taken from your smartphone or Wifi-enabled tabled if you are not anywhere near your home.
For our Grand Strand area, in particular, our customers have peace of mind with these systems when a hurricane rolls in!
A long as there is power to the home, or a generator is running, or the backup battery is functioning, even those who have evacuated can ‘see’ their home!
If you have multiple drivers at home or you have children who might enter and exit the garage with bicycles, it’s good to have some added protection in place.
It is easy to forget to close a garage door at night, or close it behind you when leaving, therefore having remote access to close, or open, your garage door is a wonderful feature.
✔️Control your security system and home automation functions from anywhere in the world
✔️View live video and receive email notifications
✔️Can keep tabs on vehicles and assets via GPS tracking
✔️Get location-based weather, traffic and news delivered right to the touchscreen
✔️Receive tornado alerts delivered to your touchscreen, based on your zip code.
What you get is complete peace of mind!
Total, constant access to those you love and those assets you care most about.
If you would like to know more, connect with us at Strand Security and will be happy to show you all the possibilities; we are happy to show you the options that work with your lifestyle and budget.
Zwave home automation is a way to transform any home into a smarthome!
You can use Zwave for your home, but don’t forget, Zwave can also work for your business!
Zwave can take over reoccurring daily tasks like
Zwave is world-standard wireless technology that lets all your electronics devices talk to each other and to you via remote control!
How smart is Zwave?
Pretty darn smart, even if we say so ourselves!
Zwave control can be added to just about anything electronic in your home, even devices that you would not think of as intelligent.
By utilizing Zwave, you unify all your home electronics into an integrated wireless network without any complicated programming and no new cables. Any Zwave enabled device can be added to your existing network and many non-Zwave devices can be made compatible simply by plugging it into a Zwave accessory module.
Zwave control is easily added to almost any device.
As stated before, simply plug your device of choice into a Zwave module and ‘join’ it to your Zwave network.
You can add as many devices as you need.
Zwave can be added to one device, a whole room, a floor or an entire home!
Unlike whole-home control systems, no special wiring is needed to utilize Zwave. If you are handy and have tackled DIY projects before, installing Zwave should be an easy task. Of course, we at Strand Security understand that even if you can do it, sometimes you don’t have the time to do it.
Our crew can set up your Zwave systems for you, saving you time and possibly a bit of frustration and some stress.
Zwave does ‘the thinking’ for you!
It understands the present status of any enabled device and gives you confirmation that your devices have received the automatic or manual commands you want!
Because there is no special wiring needed and Zwave can be installed by a do-it-yourselfer, Zwave remains affordable.
Last but not least, Zwave is brand-agnostic.
What that means is that you, the consumer, are not stuck having to buy from just one manufacturer or supplier.
We have Zwave in our showroom, feel free to stop by to see us in Murrells Inlet anytime you are in the area.
While you are visiting, ask about other demos including
We are located at 11810 Frontage Rd. Unit 10 in Murrells Inlet!