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Creating a Smarthome With Your Holiday Tech Gadgets

Merry Christmas to You

We’ve got questions!

  • How many tech gadgets do you expect to get for Christmas?
  • Will Santa be good to you?
  • Will you get exactly what you want?

This holiday season more than any before, tech gadgets are on top of the list for many!

Whether your desired gadgets are designed to make your life easier, your home smarter or your business run better, I bet you are going to love them.

If you are asking for or hoping you get even just one tech gadget for Christmas this year, you want to keep on reading.

Tech Gadgets Should Make Your Life Easier, Not Harder

While tech gadgets should take recurring tasks and take over for you, often tech gadgets create additional stress.

This is because the receiver of the gift might not understand how it works, or even how to set it up, or how to get the most out of it.

Unless they specifically ask for this specific gadget, well-meaning relatives often forget what happens after the gift is opened.

This hilarious SNL skit shows us just how confused some people might be when receiving tech gadgets as holiday gifts they don’t know how to use.

A Smarthome for Everyone!

If you’re hoping for a new speaker, new cameras, or any other tech gadget this holiday season that you want to use in your home or business, let’s talk URC.

No matter how old your home is, it can be turned into a smarthome.

No matter how tech-challenged you find yourself, your home can be turned into a smarthome.

No matter how many systems, devices and brands you have, your home can be turned into a smarthome.

All you need is URC.

What is URC?

URC stands for Universal Remote Control.

URC links all your systems together so that you can control all your gadgets, all your devices, all your systems with ONE central remote.

How easy is that?

The best part about URC and Strand Security; we help you by setting it up for you!

No more struggling to read instructions.

No more getting systems battling each other.

No more getting wires crossed.

The Strand Security crew is YOUR SMARTHOME crew! They have experience setting up URC and other smarthome systems.

strand security crew at work

What Can Your Smarthome Do For You?

We often get asked this question; what can my home do once it’s turned into a smarthome?

“Anything” and everything is the right answer!

Smarthomes can

  • play music
  • turn on the tv
  • record your DVR
  • lock your door
  • survey the room
  • draw the shades
  • turn lights on and off
  • adjust the thermostat
  • order groceries
  • and so, so so much more!

We hope you will enjoy the rest of your holiday season and remember to call us if you need help linking all your gadgets!

Remember; URC and Strand Security are like PB & J.

 

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

 

 

 

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How To Prepare Your Business For the Next Hurricane

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Grand Strand Businesses and Hurricanes

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.

Hurricane Preparedness for Business Owners

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!

2019 hurricane guide for South Carolina

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!

When Your Business Should Stay Open if a Hurricane Approaches

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.

Examples include

  • hardware stores
  • grocery stores
  • auto part stores
  • (some) restaurants
  • health clinics
  • pharmacies
  • security companies

and more.

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.

When Your Business Should Close if a Hurricane Approaches

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

  • law offices
  • accounting offices
  • retail stores (clothing, shoes)
  • amusement parks
  • museums
  • universities

*for hurricanes

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.

Hurricane Recovery Info for Business Owners on the Grand Strand

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.

That includes

  • donating goods or services directly to hurricane victims
  • helping to raise funds for hurricane victims
  • offering dry storage space to charities to store supplies
  • being present with man-power to help clean up damaged and flooded homes
  • arranging food delivery to utility, FEMA and other workers from out of state who are helping

No matter what you do, every little bit counts and does get noticed.

Do good!

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