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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!
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!
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.
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!
Scammers are everywhere.
Here is the first reported local scam; someone has been reselling free sandbags to those in need.
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?
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.
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.
Zello walkie-talkie app to stay connected on the road.
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!
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!
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.
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.
To keep your home in tip-top shape and your family safe and secure, here is a fall maintenance list.
Replace bulbs if necessary and check the wiring for all outdoor security lights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why not take time to get this list done and then go out an play a round of golf on your next free weekend? 😉
How did we get here?
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)
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?
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.
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!
Now that you know our 2+ year history, we are excited to give you the full details of our 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.
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
Is that a question, or a demand?
We know the truth! Of course, you want to protect your family with the best home security.
However, you might be searching the Myrtle Beach & Grand Strand area for
Whatever it is that is most important to you, know that we value the same things as we live right here on the Grand Strand ourselves and want to protect our family, just like you do.
We will work with you, your budget and your needs, always.
If you are a new homeowner, you’ll be (most likely) new to home security too.
Protecting your family goes beyond protection from a home invasion or burglary.
Here are additional sources of danger
What your home needs is up to you; consider your security company a valuable partner in selecting the right equipment to keep you and your loved ones safe!
Now that we know what you want, and what equipment is needed to keep your family safe – and to get the best home security for your family – let us look at what your family needs to make it all work!
Your spouse, teenager, babysitter, elderly parent, or child needs
Many more families these days have multiple generations living or working together.
This means that multiple people will be using your security system and you will need the equipment you pick to be easy in use and access. Most likely, you will want remote access to your cameras and system!
We can only answer this question of ‘What is the best type of home security for my family’ if you answer a few questions of your own first!
It all depends on these factors
We will be happy to help you figure out what your home needs, what your family wants and what you can afford!
We can’t guarantee it.
Why would you want to? Is saving a little bit of money each month worth not having peace of mind?
How much are you spending on health insurance, homeowners insurance, car maintenance, and your pension each month? Safety and security are clearly important to you if you pay those bills.
Without a security system in place to keep those you love safe, be prepared for feelings of
Now, who wants to live like that?
Get started today – give us a call and you’ll be feeling much better!
We are three weeks into the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Are you prepared?
Have you prepared yourself, your family, your home, your business for a hurricane, should one head our way?
More often than not, those who live in coastal areas along the Grand Strand will wait until a hurricane has been named and is headed towards South Carolina before starting their hurricane prep and unfortunately, it can be too late to get certain prep done that late in the game!
Instead, get started on your hurricane kit before the end of this month and stay ahead, alert and prepared!
There are two major purchases to consider if you are new to the south and to hurricane preparedness.
The first purchase is a generator.
If you are wondering who should purchase a generator for hurricane season, here is our take on this!
If you fall into any of these categories, you should consider purchasing a generator this season. Keep an eye out for sales and specials; often this type of equipment can be found on sale either during a 4t of July sale or Labor Day sales event.
The second important purchase is insurance.
This could include homeowners insurance, renters insurance, flood insurance and/or wind and hail insurance, depending on where you live and whether you own your home or rent it.
Of course, if you are traveling to a coastal area during hurricane season, you also might want to look into travel insurance!
If you were to talk to 100 local residents about hurricane prep, you will get 100 opinions!
Do you need to prep for hurricanes as early as June?
No, you don’t have to, but we suggest you better not get caught unprepared later in the season. Peace of mind counts for a lot.
If you have dependents; a spouse, small children, elderly parents or pets, it is even more important to prepare for a hurricane season well in advance of any named storm headed to the Grand Strand.
According to the National Weather Service
CSU calls for another busy season with a total of 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes
This is slightly above average and makes us at Strand Security even more glad we’ve published an amazing resource for our local residents.
Grab your FREE COPY of the 2018 South Carolina Hurricane Prep Guide for Homeowners today.
Welcome to the South! If you are new to South Carolina or North Carolina and this is your first summer in the south, you might be new to the Atlantic Hurricane season as well.
The Myrtle Beach area, where Strand Security is located, is a fast-growing area. New housing developments are popping out of the ground like mushrooms and new roads, intersections and schools are constructed so fast it’s hard to keep up with!
Many of the new residents to the Grand Strand are moving here from ‘up North’ as we locals say. That means that many new residents are unfamiliar with hurricane season, hurricane prep and hurricane readiness.
No worries, Strand Security is here to help you navigate hurricane prep!
This coming week is the start of hurricane season in case you didn’t know.
The 2018 hurricane season runs from June 1, 2018, to November 30, 2018.
Hurricane activity has already been spotted and this 2018 hurricane season is expected to more active than usual!
What does that mean? It means that there is a higher chance of a hurricane affecting the Carolinas and thus affecting you, our fellow Grand Strand residents. Fortunately, those who have lived here their whole lives, and those who’ve experienced and lived through hurricanes, are always happy to share their knowledge with those who are new to the area.
Why ‘reinvent the wheel’ when you can learn from past mistakes and triumphs?!
As the hurricane season is usually not too active in June, this is a great time to do your research on what it will take to be ready and prepared for when a hurricane does head towards the Carolinas.
You will need to get a handle on what supplies are needed and when to start collecting a hurricane kit.
Here are 4 things you can start on in June, even if there is no hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean!
Next, start on your plans for evacuations and or staying.
Think about creating hurricane plans for
We have created an amazing resource for you this year!
Check out this FREE DOWNLOADABLE 2018 South Carolina Hurricane Guide for Homeowners!
Why should you think about hurricane prep when there is no hurricane in sight?
Here is why!
As soon as there is a named hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean, people panic.
Weather channels will regurgitate information, locals will run to the stores to purchase hurricane supplies and you’ll be overwhelmed with helpful and not-s-helpful hurricane preparedness advice.
Take it from us – do your homework now.[Not to mention that any insurance policy you’d take out won’t be in effect that close to a natural disaster!]
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail!
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?’
The answer might surprise you!
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.
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!
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 …
…and hope for the best!
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
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!
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!
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
For those of you with small kids
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!
This question seems to come up year after year; who should purchase a generator for hurricane season?
Here is our take on this!
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.
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!
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!
If you’ve never thought about running, or you are a new runner, we encourage you to try it.
Besides it being fun, there are many health benefits of running.
Have you ever thought about your personal safety when running?
Chances are you have only thought about danger once something has unexpectedly gone wrong.
This article is here to help prevent accidents and help you avoid dangers situations. A forewarned person is a forearmed person!
Everyone who goes out for a run will want to read these runner safety tips.
Danger is everywhere!
Here are the 5 most powerful runner safety tips to keep you safe on the roads.
Don’t run alone if you can help it!
This is especially true for those who run
There is runner safety in numbers.
Together, you deter a potential physical attack. Running with a buddy guarantees an instant helper in case there is a running accident or injury.
Prior to each run, let someone know
of your run.
In addition, share where you will park and with whom you’ll be running. Better yet, have a buddy system check-in after your run, so if you do not return from a scheduled run, someone will know to alert authorities.
This can be done through an app like the Glympse App or via text message with a parent, friend, spouse, sibling or grown child.
We aren’t advocating you carry a gun while running. Instead, we suggest you carry something with you that can be used as a weapon!
You could carry pepper spray and your Smartphone, as both can be used as a weapon, of sorts.
Find additional weapon ideas, including rings, claws, lights, sprays in this article by Active.com
The danger to personal safety can also come in darkness. To make sure you are visible, wear reflective clothing or accessories, lights and always, always assume the cars do not see you – be aware and get out of the way when needed.
Last but not least, you need to listen to your body to keep yourself safe.
This includes knowing when to stop running in extreme weather – in the heat here in South Carolina, or in the cold and snow up north! If it hurts, stop. If you exhaust yourself – if you run past the danger zone of heatstroke and frostbite, just to name two dangers, you could do permanent damage or even go into cardiac arrest.
Did you know Strand Security has a self-defense division and that we offer classes to the public?
To learn more about personal safety and why ANYONE should take a self-defense class, read these past articles!