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The Ultimate Hurricane Preparedness Week 2020 Recap

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Hurricane Preparedness Week 2020

If you missed the Hurricane Preparedness Week 2020, no worries!

Strand Security cares about their customers. As we have done now for several years, we are here to help you get ready for the next hurricane season.

We have the perfect recap of everything you need to get yourself, your family, your business and your home ready for the Atlantic Hurricane season.

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How To Determine Your Hurricane Risk!

Hurricanes bring many hazards to our South Carolina coastlines as well as inland areas. These hazards include storms surges, flooding, tornadoes, strong winds, rip currents and large waves.

Learn about your specific location by know your Hurricane Zone and asking your neighbors about previous experiences, if you are in a new home.

Assessing your risk now will help you plan better for when an emergency arrives during the hurricane season.

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How to Develop a Hurricane Evacuation Plan!

Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. Next, determine who will issuing the evacuation orders during the hurricane season for your area. Your evacuation plan should include multiple options about where to go, depending on the projected path of the incoming hurricane. For those on the South Carolina coast, previous evacuation routes and destinations have included going south towards Georgia, west towards Augusta and Tennessee, north-west towards the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina and due north towards Washington DC.

Always remember your pets when you make your evacuation plans.

 


What Hurricane Supplies Will You Need?

 

For those times evacuation is necessary, you will still need to assemble hurricane supplies.

With cleaning supplies toilet paper and face masks in short supply, the earlier you start assembling, the better your chances are of completing your hurricane supply kit!


Know Your Insurance Coverage!

Know your insurance coverage by checking in with your agent now during hurricane preparedness week. Make copies of all insurance policies and important documents – consider scanning them as well and keeping copies online, secured in cloud storage.

How to Prepare your Home for an Approaching Hurricane!

Strengthen your home, reinforce windows, clean up outside. All of these will help you once a hurricane approaches your area. You will run out of time and local stores will run out of supplies; start preparing your home today.

Community Outreach During a Hurricane

Help your neighbors! Community support is of vital importance during a hurricane – even more so now in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you know of senior citizens in your community, offer to help them with hurricane preparations.

Hurricane Planning Starts Now With a Written Plan!

When is plan is only in your head, you will forget to complete certain important tasks. Always write out your plan and keep it handy for when the emergency arrives. it’s as easy as creating a Google Document and sharing it with all family members in the household. That way, you can share in the responsibilities of getting your home, business and family ready for the next hurricane.

The 2020 South Carolina Hurricane Guide Is Coming!

Stay tuned to Strand Security as an updated 2020 South Carolina Hurricane Guide for Homeowners is being worked on right now!

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How To Feel Safe and Secure In Your Own Home

Do You Feel Safe and Secure in Your Own Home?

Listen to this ad and let us know how you feel!

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If you can’t feel safe and secure in your own home.

That’s a problem!

Because your home is supposed to be your castle, right?

But the statistics say otherwise!

There are more than 2 millions homes burglarized every year in the United States. That’s about one every 13  seconds.

Home without alarm systems are three times more likely to be targeted than home with alarm systems.

So what does that tell you?

Get an alarm system; feel more secure!

If you don’t have an alarm system, talk to Strand Security. They’ve helped u out here at the radio station.

Our security system? That came from them!

You can go as far into this as you want and make your home or business a smarthome or business, with touch screens, remote control, they got keypads and mobile apps.

They got 24 hour monitoring available, security cameras, commercial, residential. Whatever is is, they’ll take care of it for you and again, make you more secure, well, make you hav one less thing to worry about.

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Strand Security Celebrates 10 Years in Security Business!

We started our business in Maryland in 2010 and this year in 2020 are celebrating 10 years in business! It sees like it was yesterday that we celebrated 5 years – which was about the time we started this blog, as well.

In honor of our 10th anniversary, we are celebrating all year long.

Each month, we will be publishing a new ’10 reasons to love…’ article!

Check out our first 4 articles:

10 Reasons to love the Grand Strand

10 Reasons to love Smarthomes

10 Reasons to love our Community

10 Reason to love a Home Theater

We Are Here For You Now More Than Ever!

During this time of uncertainty, businesses in the Carolinas come together as a community, to help our neighbors.

Here is how we as a local business are ready to help you and your family.

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

 

 

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10 Reasons to Love a Home Theater

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Home is Where We Are Quarantined!

As we write and publish this, South Carolina’s Governor McMaster has extended a state of emergency declaration and lockdown order until April 27, 2020.

South Carolinians are expected to stay home, quarantined, and only leave their homes to go out for essential services.

While this order is in effect in South Carolina, 97% of the USA in under the same or similar order, essentially keeping 80+ million kids at home instead of in school.

Home is where we are quarantined. How are you staying entertained?

Home Entertainment Is How We Stay Sane in Times of Uncertainty

We just saw a scary meme on Facebook!

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While this is sort of funny, aren’t you at least glad it 2020 and we have home computers, smartphones, unlimited data plans, the internet and streaming services, right?!

While this article is the 4th in a series of 12 articles*, this title struck a cord this month, as we are reliant on home entertainment as we are ‘stuck’ at home.

Don’t you wish you had a home theater already?

Here are…

10 Reasons To Love Your Own Home Theater Now More Than Ever!

1) Old Home Movies

Old home movies will provide hours of entertainment. Why watch them on a small tv, or worse, on your hand-held devices? Instead, watch them on the big screen, with your family! Project them, use a smartTV or HTMI cable to watch your old movies in your own home theater!

2) Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or Disney on the Big Screen

Sights and sounds; we Americans like everything big! Movie theaters are well-loved in this country and those who can, love to watch streaming services on the big screen as well.  A home theater allows you to do just that; it’s an excellent way to show tv shows and movies on the big screen, with surround sound!

3) YouTube Streamed to your TV!

Did you know that YouTube is the second largest search engine? YouTube videos are watched my millions of people per hour; watching YouTube videos on a big screen is an amazing experience. What is your favorite channel?

4) Family Movies

Classic movies like Mary Poppins, the Lion King or The Princes Bride; they are bigger, better and offer more family fun when watched in a home theater! Invite the cousins (after the lockdown is over, of course), friends or host a sleepover birthday party in your own home theater.

5) Date Night at Home

Not all parents with babies or small children want to hire babysitters for a date night. If you have your own home theater, you can stay in while going on a date, any time the mood strikes! BYOPopcorn and have that glass of wine or a beer; no need to drive home.

6) Family Gaming

Wii, PS4, Xbox – no matter your choice of gaming system, a home theater makes the gaming experience more real and life-like. A home theater also affords you more room to spread out and play – and offers a dedicated space for gaming where you could keep an eye on the kids!

7) Karaoke Parties

Challenge your kids to a Karaoke sing off! It’s a great way to expend some energy for the whole family and you’ll likely be surprised by the song choices your family member make. A home theater will make everyone sound better!

8) Live Sport Events

While there are no live sporting events to watch during this pandemic, rewatching some classic games, some of the best finals, races and events can be a fun way to spend an evening. Once sports are back... you’ll be glad for that home theater! Trust us when we ay that with the right speakers, it will sound like the sports commentator is sitting next to you!

9) Concerts at Home

If you love concerts; whether it is pop concerts, country music or The Boston Pops, concerts sound and look better with surround sound on a big screen. Bonus; you can belt out the songs as loud as you want, without bothering anyone.

10) Video Chats with Family

Seeing grandma or Uncle Harry on the big screen is the next best thing to hugging them in real life! Instead of facetiming on your small device, bring them into your home theater!

BONUS) Church Services

While this is a completely new phenomenon, we did want to mention it here as were are on a continued lockdown and stay home order! Almost all churches have gone virtual with their church services. Why not watch church in your home theater! What a beautiful experience that might turn out to be.

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Serious Side Note:

We are well aware that some people do have to work during this time! Strand Security is in fact, deemed an essential business, we are here, ready to serve our customers! We also want to thank medical staff, support staff and all other essential workers for their sacrifice to keeping our country running.

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* Other articles in this 12-Part Year-Long Anniversary series include

10 Reasons to Love the Grand Strand
10 Reasons to Love Smarthomes
10 Reasons to Love our Community

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

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The Best Work From Home Cybersecurity Tips

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Working From Home Unexpectedly?

Have you been asked (or told) to work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic? How is that going for you? It’s been a few weeks and we sure hope that you have been able to hold on to your job; we do understand that many people have been furloughed, or let go due to loss of business.

  • If you are lucky enough to work for a company that has retained you and asked you to work from home, this is for you.
  • If you are spending time at home looking for a job, or if your kids are at home working on school assignments, this is for you.
  • If you have elderly parents who due to being quarantined are spending more time online, this is for you as well

Remote Working Is The New Normal During This Pandemic

While remote work has been the status quo for only 7% of the US workforce prior to the COVID-19, it has become the ‘new normal’ during this pandemic.

Whole office buildings are empty, and millions of people have scrapped their community to start working from home. Of the 80+ million American school children, 97% are home home, engaged in distance learning through the internet.

These remote workers and students now work at kitchen tables, in bedrooms, basements, or living rooms instead of cubicles and fancy offices and in schools.

Some have families or pets at home who might or might not distract them.

Remote Work Tips From Those Who Have Experience

While many people are experiencing working from home for the first time, navigating and learning what works and what doesn’t, as they go, looking to those who already worked from home for tips is a smart idea.

Who has prior experience, you ask?

Freelancers, creatives like graphic designers and web designers, authors, customer service, sales etc.; whole industries are build on remote workers.

Here is an article filled with 30+ tips from those who have experience as remote workers! These kids can be applied to employees as well as students!

How To Stay Sane, Married and Employed While Working Remote

Now, we all know that due to social distancing and mandatory quarantines, we are spending way more time online than usual. Facebook is reporting that their usage is up by over 50%!

In times of stress and worry, humor is a great way to get relief.

Check out this funny video with excellent tips on how to stay married, employed and sane while working remote.

Cybersecurity Tips For Students and Remote Workers!

Whether you are working from home yourself, or your children are on the internet all day long for distance learning, here are the best tips to keep you and your loved ones safe!

🔥Be aware of phishing scams! Do not click on emails or messages asking you to check or renew passwords and login credentials, even if they seem to come from a trusted source.

🔥Recheck your Wi-Fi connection; update your password. While most Wi-Fi is correctly secured, some older installations might not be, which means people in the near vicinity can snoop your traffic or hack into your system – call us at Strand Security if you aren’t sure!

🔥Reset passwords frequently and if sharing accounts with coworkers, always use a password manager to share passwords, never in an email.

🔥Install anti-virus software and keep it updated.

🔥Use your home security system to keep an eye on your home and your family, but make sure the system itself is secure against hacking!

🔥Back up all important files – we recommend backing up files on both a hard drive as well as in the cloud.

🔥Get into the habit of locking your computer and phone screens. While you are in quarantine with family members, this might not be of huge concern, but if you do have sensitive data on your devices, it’s always a good idea to keep your devices locked.

🔥Stick to HTTPS websites! Do not enter your credit card information unless you know and trust the site.

Don’t forget to share these tips with your elderly parents active online as well!

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

 

 

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The Best Home Security Tips for Homebound Seniors

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While we as Americans and world citizens are currently (mostly) homebound ourselves due to government restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 Pandemic, many of our seniors have been homebound for a lot longer.

Do you have an elderly family member who lives alone?

Have you given their continued safety enough consideration?

In this article, we will give you the best home security tips for homebound seniors! Please share with those you love.

Who is Considered a Homebound Senior?

The definition of a homebound senior:

being homebound or housebound means an individual is unable to leave their home without difficulty, and due to this difficulty, generally does not leave their home. It is usually due to advanced age, illness, or a disability.

Often, seniors deal not only with their advanced age, but they also have illnesses or disabilities that would prevent them from leaving their homes.

How To Keep a Homebound Senior Safe

The best way to keep a homebound senior safe is to create a safety care plan with all parties involved.

Who needs to be included in this security and safety plan?

  • the senior(s)
  • adult children
  • primary physician
  • home healthcare workers
  • home care workers

While this plan most often focusses on physical health; making sure meds are taken, doctor appointments are kept and food is delivered, cooked and eaten, there has to be ONE central command center, so to speak.

Once a plan has been formulated, it’s time to put it into action.

Tracking Progress and Safety

While the senior in your life might or might not have access and the ability to use technology, the care team certainly does.

We found several great apps to check out to coordinate efforts to keep the senior healthy and safe.

We liked these two:

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Buddy

The Alzheimer’s Association, a leader in action and awareness around the disease, developed this “caregiver buddy” app to help caregivers manage their personal stress, navigate family conflict and reach a 24/7 helpline.

The app includes features like daily care tips for tasks related to hygiene and meal times, and fun activities that will stimulate the body and mind of someone living with dementia. It also covers how to cope with new and sometimes overwhelming behaviors, like aggression or hallucination.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Buddy is available for free on iPhone or Android.

 

Caring Bridge

Communication is critical when dividing caregiving duties among multiple people — and that’s where CaringBridge can help. CaringBridge connects several caregivers through one app, allowing several people to keep track of appointments, changes in health and other essential information.

Users can also send each other inspiring messages and motivation through the app, which really helps pull together a team of caregivers in the toughest moments.

CaringBridge is available for free on iPhone or Android.

Home Security Tips for Seniors

If the senior in your life lives at home, here are the best home security tips we’ve found to protect your senior. If the senior lives with you and your family, we recommend you read this.

Immediate Access to Emergency

This is the number one concern so set up your senior with a panic button so that help is on the way quickly. It could save their life!

Fire Safety

If the senior in your life is still doing some home cooking, it might be time to install some additional safety measures.

Start with this checklist of prevention tips, and move onto these types of devices, if needed!

Then invest in an automatic stove turn-off device before the first fire even starts.

Security Cameras and Smart Technology

If you can’t be with them all the time, the closest, or second-best option is to install security cameras in your senior’s home. Both Alarm.com and Honeywell Total Connect offer apps with smarthome technology to keep an eye on your senior. While this is something the senior has to agree to, it might give all of the family peace of mind!

Install and Teach Your Senior To Use The Peephole

This goes without saying, and seniors might need to hear this more than once; not everyone who comes to their door is up to good. Remind your senior to not open the door to strangers.

Keep Windows and Doors Locked When at Home!

While fresh air is great, open doors and windows could potentially invite unwanted visitors. We don’t recommend scaring your senior, but common sense should prevail. When living alone, they need to be aware of doors and windows and not leave them opened and unattended for long periods of time!

Alert the Senior of Phone Scams Targeting Seniors

Keep this dialogue going! Local police will often warn of local scams, and putting a note near your senior’s phone might be a good start! The note should remind them to NEVER give out their Social Security number, a credit card number, or send money. When in doubt, they need to know it’s OK to disconnect the call!

How Can We Help?

We at Strand Security understand you might not live near your senior. If we can help you keep you in any way as you navigate keeping your loved one safe from a distance, do not hesitate to reach out!

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

 

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