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How To Protect Your Business and Employees from Harm

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Are You a Small Business Owner with Employees?

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.

While we can’t really create happy customers for your business, we can help protect your business and your employees!

How To Protect a Business and Employees From Harm to the Best of Your Ability

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!

Here are 7 Ways to Protect Your Business and Employees from Harm

While this is not a complete list, this is a great place to start!

1) Mandatory Safety Training

Put each new employee through safety training.
That training would include

2) Safety Rules and Regulation Signage

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.

3) Update Safety Procedures Quarterly

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!

4) Hire Security and Safety Officers

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!

5) Install a Monitored Security System

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!

6) Install Security Cameras

In addition to a monitored system, adding security cameras is an even better way to keep your employees out of harm’s way.

7) Install Panic Buttons

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

  • gas stations
  • hotels
  • retail stores
  • jewelry stores
  • liquor stores
  • restaurants
  • banks
  • pawn shops
  • and many others!

Additional Safety Training To Offer

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.

Strand Security; Your Security, Our Business!

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

3 Ways To Protect Your Business Property From a Hurricane

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Hurricane Preparations Start Now!

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!

Protecting Your Business Property During a Hurricane

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!

1) Create a Hurricane Prep Plan For Your Business

Much like a family emergency plan, and a hurricane preparation plan for your family, your business needs one as well.

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.

  • Lists are your friend when things get hectic.
  • Lists will help you stay focused in a time of chaos.
  • Lists can keep you on track to complete all tasks.

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!

2) Set Up Remote Monitoring For Your Business Property

How scary will it be if you have to evacuate and leave everything you know and love behind?

Super scary! We know first-hand.

However, there are ways you can still keep an eye on your home and business property in case of a storm when you need to hunker down or evacuate; remote monitoring!

We offer this service to monitor your business year-round to

now add

  • monitor during a hurricane

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!

2019 hurricane guide for South Carolina

3) Order Hurricane Supplies Now

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!

  • hire a contractor or handyman to cut boards for your business property windows
  • buy a generator
  • test your current alarm system
  • purchase extra batteries from your security company
  • get your hands on sandbags (Amazon is great for that!)

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!

Your Security, Our Business

Come talk to us about hurricane prep!

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

 

 

Myrtle Beach Self Defense Offers Classes to Train Women and Young Girls

Who and What is Myrtle Beach Self Defense?

If you are a reader of our blog, you know both Chuck and Heather Bryant of Strand Security.

Did you know Heather started a non-profit called Myrtle Beach Self Defense more than three years ago?

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.

 

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Fall Self Defense Classes Forming Soon!

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

  • Coastal Carolina Univerity Campus (several sororities)
  • Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
  • The Fun Warehouse
  • Community Centers
  • Gyms and Rec Centers
  • and more!

Featured on WBTW News 13!

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

“Self-defense class to train women and young girls”

Watch it here:

Are You Ready to Learn Self-Defense?

We’d love to have you join a class this fall.

Connect with Heather today.

Email her at heather@strandsecurity.com, or go to the MBSD Facebook Page to message her.

Myrtle Beach self-defense class

 

What To Do First When a Hurricane Is Headed Your Way

When A Hurricane Is Headed for the Grand Strand

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!

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Activate Your Family Emergency and Hurricane Plan

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

  • evacuation destination
  • what to bring in case of an evacuation
  • important paperwork you’ll need
  • where or how to transport your pet
  • how to get your house ready for a hurricane
  • how to get your business ready for a hurricane

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.

Hurricane Supply Tip

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

  • sandbags
  • cleaning supplies
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • garbage bags
  • water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • mop and bucket
  • hurricane candles and flashlights
  • power banks
  • extra bag of pet food
  • extra propane tank for your outdoor grill
  • first-aid kit
  • generator

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.

The Big One Is Coming, Now Prepare For That Hurricane Hit

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!

Don’t Be Scared, be Prepared!

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.

2019 hurricane guide for South Carolina

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.

 

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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