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Let’s Celebrate Hurricane Preparedness Week, 2019!

Hurricane Preparedness Week 2019

Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 5-11, 2019

Believe it or not, the 2019 Hurricane season is right around the corner!

The 2019 hurricane season runs from June 1 – November 30, 2019.

How prepared were you last year and how prepared are you for an active Hurricane Season?

This week is Hurricane Preparedness Week 2019!

Hurricane Preparedness Week 2019

How to Prepare For the 2019 Hurricane Season

Here are the steps we suggest you take to prepare for the 2019 Hurricane Season

We suggest you

  1. Inform yourself
  2. Prepare your home, business and family
  3. Create a plan-of-action
  4. Be ready to stay, or
  5. Implement your family evacuation plan

How do you do that?

We’ve got you covered.

Download our FREE Hurricane Guide for Homeowners today!

2019 hurricane guide for South Carolina

Download this FREE 2019 South Carolina Hurricane Guide for Homeowners now, to be prepared when the first hurricane of the 2019 season heads toward the coast of South Carolina.

With over 1400 new residents moving to the Grand Strand each month, there will be many questions from new residents about how to prepare.

Please feel free to share this resource with your new neighbors, friends, and colleagues. 

Are You At Risk for Hurricane Damage?

The threats from hurricanes to you and your family can vary widely depending on where you live in South Carolina. It’s not just those along the coast of our state that can experience significant, life-threatening impacts. Evaluate what you need to do to protect your home and family today, before the first storm of the season even forms in the Atlantic Ocean.

Will You Need To Evacuate When a Hurricane Hits South Carolina?

Make sure you have a hurricane evacuation plan for your family. The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. There are some pet-friendly hotels who will allow you to bring your pets. Know which ones they are so you can book a stay in those! Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about.

Gather Hurricane Supplies Now Before They Are Sold Out!

Just having enough supplies to make it through a hurricane isn’t enough. You need plenty to make it through what could be a LONG recovery period too. Water and electricity could be out for a week or more. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family for a minimum of one week. Also make sure you have extra cash, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and a portable crank or solar powered USB charger to charge your cell phone. Having lived through several hurricanes already, we at Strand Security know the importance of preparedness and how quickly supplies dwindle.

Don’t delay. Get your supplies, including a generator now.

Check Your Insurance Coverage and Purchase Flood Insurance Now

We encourage you to call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance checkup to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. …and remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for flooding. Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period. Don’t forget to give us at Strand Security a call as well! You will want to know how to access your system remotely in case of an evacuation, and you’ll need a back-up battery.

Prepare Your Home Now!

If you plan to ride out a hurricane in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand high winds.

Help The Elderly, Help the Less Fortunate, Help Your Neighbors!

Many Americans rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches. Ask your neighbors about their evacuation plans so that you can stay in contact during the storm. In case of a fire, downed trees, flooding or loss of power, it’s essential you can reach your direct neighbors.

Get Ready Now and Plan for an Emergency!

The time to prepare for a hurricane is today before the season begins on June 1. Once you’re under pressure, having an actionable plan will take the guesswork out of what you need to do to protect you, your business, your pets and your family.

Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now. You don’t want to be standing in long lines when a Hurricane Watch is issued. Those supplies that you need will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line.

Being prepared now will mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor.

2019 hurricane guide for South Carolina

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

How To Get the Most for Your Ideal Home Theater Price

home theater pricing

Are You In The Market for a Home Theater?

Are you contemplating adding a home theater to your existing home, or are you building a home and want to have a home theater?

The first thing to do when looking for ideas is to do some in-person and online research.

We recommend sites like Pinterest and Houzz to get some ideas.

Before you can do your research though, about what is available, you need to know two things.

The first thing you need to do is set a budget.

Next…

Decide Where You Want To Install Your Home Theater

If you are contemplating adding a home theater to an existing home, you might need to get a contractor in to help you decide what is possible, especially if you are repurposing a previously unused space like a garage or unfinished attic.

However, if you are building a home, it is much easier to work with the current builder to get a room marked for home theater use – and add all the wiring during the building process!

This will save you money, for sure.

We at Strand Security help homeowners and builders with this often!

Feel free to reach out to us today!

What Do You Want to Do In Your Home Theater?

Of course, it is important to know what functionality your home theater has to have!

🎼Are you looking to entertain with music, maybe watch rock concerts and movies? You need the best audio system to enhance your viewing pleasure.

💥Do you want to record your own music?

🍹Will you want to prepare and serve food and beverages in the home theater?

👫How many people do you want to invite into your home theater? Will it be a small theater room or does it need to be large enough for a big crowd?

♟Do you need tables for board games, a jukebox, or room for darts?

home theater setup Myrtle Beach

What Equipment Do You Already Own to Put into a Home Theater?

You might already have an audio system, like our popular Sonos speakers.

If you have furniture that can be repurposed, that’s a great start.

Do you have a large TV that you want to relocate to the home theater? That will shave off some money of your overall ideal home theater price!

You will need to take a look at seating possibilities, table space, wall space and more.

What can I Expect To Pay; What is an Average Home Theater Price?

There is really no ‘average’ price!

You could get a room set up for as little as $500 if you have some of the components and equipment already.

Some people spend $10,000 or even $30,000 for a home theater. They might have a large, expensive home (read: mansion) and spending that much would make no sense for a cheaper home. While adding a home theater adds resale value to a home, you should by no means over-spend!

We can’t look in your wallet, so it is important for you to decide what you want to spend.

What do you think a fair home theater price is for your home?

How To Get the Most Bang for Your Buck and The Best Home Theater Price

  1. Make decisions about your future home theater before talking to a professional
  2. Ask for Professional help! Don’t go it alone, but hire someone who knows what they are doing!
  3. Home theaters are a great selling point if you ever need to sell your home. They made a solid investment.
  4. Consider adding a home theater to a new home you are building. It’s much cheaper doing this during construction.

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

What Are the Best Security Cameras for Your Home?

best security cameras for your home

Does Your Home Need Security Cameras?

We assume you want (and need) safety for your family above all else.

You have

  • locks on your door
  • locks on your windows

You do not want uninvited ‘guests’ to join you in your home unexpectedly, correct?

Besides putting locks on doors and windows to keep unwanted guest out, what else can you do?

A security system would be next on our list, and with a good security system comes security cameras.

That leaves us with the following two questions; Does your home need security cameras and if the answer is ‘yes’, what are the best security cameras for your home?

When Your Home Needs Security Cameras

Here are some reasons to have security cameras. We think some of these reasons might resonate with you.

Your home is in need of security cameras if you

  • live in a rural area
  • live in a suburban setting
  • live in the city
  • have no nearby neighbors
  • live in a high crime neighborhood
  • don’t have family nearby
  • live alone
  • travel often
  • leave the house for work every day
  • have small children
  • have teenagers
  • have elderly parents that live with you
  • have pets that are left unattended during the day

Do any of these apply to your living situation?

What Are the Best Security Cameras for Your Home?

It is tough to say what the best security cameras are for your home.

Your security alarm dealer can help you figure out what you need, but here are some parameters to work with.

All these factors what type of cameras you need and where they should possibly be installed.

Security cameras are a deterrent to criminals Myrtle beach

How Many Security Cameras Does Your Home Need?

The best person to ask this question to is your alarm system dealer. They have experience with this and can give you an estimated number of cameras needed to monitor your home, depending on the size, location and your needs.

The best part is that if you currently have an existing system without cameras, it is fairly easy to add cameras, and even easier to add additional cameras at a later date since you’ll be wired already.

How Can You Get The Best Security Cameras For Your Home?

Here are your steps.

  1. Write down the reasons you need cameras
  2. Research online for camera brands
  3. Set a budget
  4. Research your local security system companies
  5. Reach out to your local and locally owned alarm system dealer
  6. Have them install, monitor and maintain your alarm system and cameras
  7. Relax and know you and your loved ones are protected!

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

Top 5 Reasons To Live on the Grand Strand

‘We Love Myrtle Beach!’

How often we hear this from our visitors? Oh my, all the time!

Do you hear the same thing about the Grand Strand?

We hear this from people on vacation who visit the Grand Strand and fall in love with our beaches, our way of life and the laid back attitude found in and around town.

However, living in a place you vacation is a totally different thing than visiting, as we all know.

Case in point; New York City is a great place to visit as a tourist, but how many of us really want to go live in Manhattan where the cost of living is high, traffic is crazy and one of the few places to go play outdoors is in Central Park?

We love our Grand Strand for all that it is and all that it offers.

Are you ready to make a move?

reason to move to Myrtle Beach Grand Strand

Want To Move To The Grand Strand?

If you are someone who is considering, or is ready, to move to the Grand Strand, or you know someone who is contemplating making this move, this article is for y’all!

The U.S. Census Bureau says the Myrtle Beach metro area is the second fastest growing area, by percentage, in the country.

Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show from 2010 to 2018, the Myrtle Beach metro area grew nearly 28% and from 2017 to 2018 the area grew 3.8%.

According to Kruea, 1,400 people per month are moving to the metro area.

Read more about growth on the Grand Strand here.

In this article, we will give you five reasons you too should become a Grand Strand resident and move to the beach; the best beach in South Carolina, hands down.

Here are our Top 5 Reasons To Live on the Grand Strand

1. Weather

Depending on where you are coming from, the weather can’t be beat! If you are contemplating a move here from ‘the north’, South Carolina and the Grand Strand will offer you sun, sun and more sun and very little, if any, snow and ice. Certainly not enough snow to have to own a snow shovel or a windshield scraper.

Locally we joke that we have a short Spring and almost immediately move from winter to summer and that’s no lie. Springtime is glorious and our weather is why millions of golfers descend on our town in the springtime (and the fall) to play on our beautifully maintained golf courses. A forecast of sun, decent temperatures, and low humidity make for a perfect golf paradise.

Summers are hot and humid, but all homes and businesses have central AC and we have pools and the beach! The Grand Strand sports 60+ miles of beach and thousands of pools!

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If you love to play golf, swim and outdoor living, come live on the Grand Strand. We enjoy the outdoors all four seasons!

2. Beaches

Have we mentioned our beaches yet?

They are beautiful, plentiful and diverse. If you like busy beaches with activities like parasailing and banana boating, try our Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach beaches. If you want nature and the beach, try the beaches at our two State Parks; Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park. If you like more secluded beaches, visit The Point in Pawleys Island or Cherry Grove beach. Fishing can be done on all beaches and from many piers.

The beach offers great family entertainment; how about enjoying the beach year around?

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Come move to the Grand Strand.

3. Entertainment

If neither the beaches nor the weather has convinced you of a fun lifestyle, maybe the entertainment options will.

Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, Tanger Outlets, Market Common, you name the type of entertainment, we have it.

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Go Karts, Science Center, Aquarium, Putt-Putt, Bowling, Rides, Wheels, Games, Movies, and much much more! Anytime you want to get off the beach, come to town to have fun.

4. Housing Market

Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand are still growing and growing. New infrastructures, new hospitals, new schools, new restaurants, shopping malls, and new entertainment; in the nearly 10 years we’ve lived and worked here at Strand Security, we’ve seen lots of growth and change!

There is lots of new construction.

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The housing market is great for buyers – homes are still affordable and there are many new neighborhoods popping up.

5. Cost of Living

If nothing else will entice you to make the move to our beautiful area, the low cost of living on the Grand Strand should do it! Compared to other states, our cost of living expenses are lower than most and there are plenty of jobs to be had for those who are skilled and willing to work.

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Property taxes are low and we have one of the best merit-based scholarship systems for college-bound students in the USA. If you have children, this alone could make a move to the Grand Strand attractive.

What is Not To Love About the Grand Strand?

We absolutely love where we live and work, play and relax and we know you will too!

Come join us permanently and when you do buy a home, let us know how we may help make your move safer and more secure.

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

Join The Drive-N-Live Event at the Fun Warehouse!

What is Drive-N-Live?

Alcohol and texting; sadly these are two of the leading causes of teenage car accidents.

If you are a parent of a teen, a teacher, a grandparent, an uncle, aunt, neighbor or friend of a teenager, please read and participate! Your safety and security is our business, and that includes your teenagers.

The Drive-N-Live EVENT will demonstrate the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol and technology. Participants will wear “drunk” goggles while driving go-karts on an obstacle course set up on the track at Fun Warehouse. They will also attempt to send a text while maneuvering the obstacle course, hear from speakers and more.

drive n live event at the Fun Warehouse in Myrtle Beach

As parents of three teenagers, we at Strand Security are proud to sponsor this event in Myrtle Beach!

Check out these drunk goggles. You’d be surprised how off balance you are when wearing these.

drink goggles used in Drive-N-Live

When and Where Does The Drive-N-Live Event Take Place?

This FREE event takes place on March 20, 2019, at the Fun Warehouse which is located on Dick Pond Road in Myrtle Beach. it starts at 5:30 PM.

To sign up, register on or before March 18 by clicking here bit.ly/DriveNLive
The event is FREE to the public.

This event has been put together with the help of the following local groups and businesses.

Who Should Attend The Drive-N-Live Event on March 20?

This program is for anyone age 13 and up, however, a parent MUST be present for participants between the ages of 13-17 years old.

It will be a highly educational and hands-on program and will help in preventing casualties.

drive-n-live event at the Fun Warehouse Myrtle Beach

What Can I Expect to Learn at the Drive-N-Live Event?

Glad you asked!

We happen to have a SNEAK-PEEK of the event as we were invited to the media day on March 13!

Heather of Strand Security got to take two rides in the Go Karts:

First, she was asked to drive the course wearing Drunk Goggles.

On her second turn, she was asked to try to text while driving her Go Kart.

Needless to say, both were impossible to do without hitting cones.

Do not Text and drive - Drive-N-Live event

Heather of Strand Security at Drive N Live

Bring your teenagers and together you can take the pledge to not drink and drive, or text and drive.

Drive N Live pledge

This program was started in 2014 by retired Police Officer Cruz.

Drive N Live Event Registration

To learn more about the event from Mr. Cruz; watch this video we shot at the media day.

To register for the Drive N Live event in March 2019, go here.

REGISTER for the FREE DRIVE-N-LIVE EVENT

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