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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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How to Know When Your Child is Safe Home Alone After School

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At What Age Can A Child Be Left Home Alone After School?

South Carolina schools in both Hory County and Georgetown County will be back in session in LESS THEN ONE MONTH and if you are a parent of school-aged children, pre-teens or teenagers after-school care solutions is what’s on your mind right now, are we right?

If you’ve researched after school programs, babysitters and clubs, you know that choices are limited and enrollment is expensive.

You might be ready to try the ‘free’ route aka allow your child to be home alone after school! 

The question ‘At what age can a child be left home alone after school’ is one we hear quite frequently. As parents ourselves, we’ve had that same question years ago!

There is a two-part answer to this question.

  1. The LEGAL AGE a child can be left home alone after school in South Carolina is non-specific (there is no law regarding the age at which children can be left alone), however, the state has issued a non-legal guideline recommending that children younger than 8 never be left alone.
  2. The age you might want to leave your child home alone after school differs from child-to-child!

What does this mean?

It’s up to you as a parent; use your common sense and available resources!

Does Your Child Ask To be Left Home Alone After School?

In a previous article, we gave some advice on how to find out if your child is ready to be left home alone.

That included looking at the following criteria

  • state laws
  • maturity
  • safety standards

One way to measure maturity is that they either bring it up themselves or that they are excited about the opportunity.

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How To Prepare A Child To Be Home Alone After School

Preparation is key for a child to be ready to be home alone after school.

Rules are important!

From that previously mentioned article, we learn to

  • Schedule set times for parental contact during the time spent home alone.
  • Discuss telephone ettiquette and what information is ok to share and not share.
  • Establish a code word in case there is a need to communicate with the child through a third party.
  • Discuss before hand who should be allowed in the house, and who should not be.
  • Make a list of rules. Is it ok to play with neighborhood kids or play outside? Which activities are not allowed?
  • Again, a prepared person (including a child) is someone with confidence!

Safety Rules For Kids Staying Home Alone After School

These rules are rules kids should know regardless of being home alone, or with a parent!

  • Rehearse possible situations the child might face. Rehearse what to do in case of a fire, power outage, tornado, security alarm set off.
  • Rehearse what to do if a stranger knocks on the door.
  • For an extra safety measure, install a security system. This will allow you to be notified when your child has arrived home from school and also allows you to check on them from time to time.

Kids are rehearsing for emergencies at school; why not rehearse them at home once per month as well?

How To Keep an Eye on Your Child Who Is Home Alone After School

For those among you who are excited at the prospect of being able to allow your child the freedom of being home alone after school, but are still worried, we have several options for you; all of those will ease your mind!

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

 

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What is the Best Home Audio System Available?

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The Grand Strand area is seeing a huge influx of new residents.

People are drawn to South Carolina for many reasons, mostly economic reasons.

Taxes are fairly low, the cost of living is lower than in most states and the weather is great. Except for the occasional hurricane, of course!

Are you are looking to move to the Grand Strand, or have you recently relocated to the Myrtle Beach area and need to improve your home?

Did you purchase a newly constructed home, or are you in the market to buy an existing home?

Are You In The Market For A Home Audio System?

Most women buy a home based on the features of the kitchen, bathroom, as well as the location of the home.

Men buy a home based on the opinion of their spouse. ?

A few things men do love and look at in a new purchase is a home audio system, a man cave, and home theatre options!

Who wouldn’t want to watch all the games on a big screen with surround sound?

What Do You Need Your Home Audio System To Do?

Ask and answer the following questions:

  • Do you want complete control with one remote?
  • Do you need sound in all rooms?
  • Do you want to have surround-sound?
  • How about outdoor speakers?
  • Who will use the home audio system the most?
  • Do you own equipment that can be used?
  • Are you loyal to certain brands?

Once you have answered these questions, it’s time to move to the next part.

Where Do You Want Your Audio To Stream?

Wiring the whole house for a home audio system is a large job, made much easier if it’s new construction!

If you want outdoor speakers for your home audio system, you will need to make sure that the brands you pick have speakers and systems that accommodate your outdoor space. Rest assured, most do.

The biggest question is next:

Will You Install Your Home Audio System Yourself?

We understand wanting to save a bit of money.

However, installing a home audio system without the proper knowledge and understanding of how this works can lead to … home disasters.

We recommend you only attempt a DIY installation if you are a seasoned handyman or installation pro.

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Who Do Your Trust on The Grand Strand to Install Your Audio System?

Only one name should come to mind when you need a home audio system installation!

Chuck!

If you’ve ever met Chuck Bryant of Strand Security you know he’s got the skills and know-how to install your home audio system – and any other (security) system – in your home!

Give us a call and let us help you rid your home of the sound of silence!

 

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Are You Interested in a Home Cinema?

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What You Need To Know Before Adding a Home Cinema To Your Home

Did you know that as many as 1400 people per month are now flocking to the Grand Strand area (in 2019)? We are experiencing growth like few other cities and areas in the USA.

With growth comes growing pains.

Growing pains like these:

  • Houses are popping up like mushrooms but experienced labor is hard to find.
  • Roads are built a neck-breaking speed but cause congestion.
  • Consumers have high demands for homes but finding the perfect home is tough.

You might be looking for a home with a home cinema.

If you can’t find what you are looking for along with all the other new residents to Horry and Georgetown County, maybe you should consider building the perfect home cinema.

What you need to know is that you need to find the most skilled person to design your home cinema, before you hire any contractor to do the work!

Who Will You Invite To Your Home Cinema?

As you think and start working with an expert in your home cinema design, the FIRST thing you will need to decide is who you will be invited to enjoy this home cinema with!

Before settling on a home cinema design you will need to know

  • maximum number of people you will want to watch movies with
  • the ages of the people you will want to watch movies with
  • other activities/functionalities that the room will be used for

Hold off on the invites until your home cinema is done..;)

Myrtle Beach Area Home Cinema Options

You know you have home cinema design and installation choices if you live on the Grand Strand.

We encourage you to do a few things before settling on whom to hire to install your home cinema.

  • check out websites of potential designers/installers
  • call around and talk to potential home cinema designers and installers to gage responsiveness
  • read online reviews (Google, Facebook)
  • ask your friends and neighbors for referrals
  • ask your Facebook friends for recommendations

In other words, do your due diligence so you don’t get taken advantage of.

You will want to work with a professional company who is insured, licensed and bonded, has years of experience, and puts its customers first.

Grand Strand Home Cinema Installers

No matter who you pick to be your home cinema designer and installer; be sure to know s/he designs something you love!

Communication is important for all aspects of this process.

If you’d like to talk with Chuck, please give him a call. We would love to be considered for your next home cinema project!

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

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Meet Honeywell’s LYNX Touch Control System!

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Meet LYNX for a Picture-Perfect Connected Home

Why Honeywell?

Why Lynx Touch?

This system supports up to four cameras, which can be displayed individually or in a quad configuration on the touchscreen!

Through the touch screen, you can control security and home automation functions, and view videos on up to four cameras.

Through mobile access, you can keep an eye on your home and stay connected to your family and home whether you are across the street, or across the world!

LYNX Offers a Brilliant Full-Color Touchscreen

The screen is a brilliant full-color touch screen, making the icons clear and easy to read.

The display also features two dedicated keys for easy access to the home screen as well as emergency functions.

Check it out in the video!


On-Premise Video Viewing with LYNX

No matter where you are or what you may be doing, with this system, you can view up to four indoor or outdoor cameras right on the touchscreen or anywhere on premises on your smartphone, tablet or another WiFi-enabled device.

Lynx is a great system to keep an eye on your family as well as your property.

Think about keeping an eye on your

  • teenager
  • nanny
  • elderly parent
  • housekeeper
  • gardener
  • landscape crew
  • pool area
  • garage
  • backyard
  • game room

and so much more!

Manage your Home and Energy with LYNX

With Honeywell Lynx Touchscreen, you are in complete control of your thermostats, lights and locks!

Even when at work or on vacation, you have control all of these home functions.

  • Rent your home with Airbnb?
  • Have a housesitter?
  • Need to turn on your AC due to a sudden heatwave?

All these actions can be taken from your smartphone or Wifi-enabled tabled if you are not anywhere near your home.

For our Grand Strand area, in particular, our customers have peace of mind with these systems when a hurricane rolls in!

A long as there is power to the home, or a generator is running, or the backup battery is functioning, even those who have evacuated can ‘see’ their home!

Get Garage Door Control with LYNX

If you have multiple drivers at home or you have children who might enter and exit the garage with bicycles, it’s good to have some added protection in place.

It is easy to forget to close a garage door at night, or close it behind you when leaving, therefore having remote access to close, or open, your garage door is a wonderful feature.

Honeywell Total Connect™ Remote Services

With Honeywell Total Connect™ remote services you

✔️Control your security system and home automation functions from anywhere in the world

✔️View live video and receive email notifications

✔️Can keep tabs on vehicles and assets via GPS tracking

✔️Get location-based weather, traffic and news delivered right to the touchscreen

✔️Receive tornado alerts delivered to your touchscreen, based on your zip code.

Lynx Touch Provides Families with Peace of Mind

What you get is complete peace of mind!

Total, constant access to those you love and those assets you care most about.

If you would like to know more, connect with us at Strand Security and will be happy to show you all the possibilities; we are happy to show you the options that work with your lifestyle and budget.

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

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