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5 of the Best Home for The Holidays Security Tips!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to you and yours on the Grand Strand! We at Strand Security are still busy installing smarthome technology, URC automation and home security systems, all while preparing for Christmas.

We’ve collected 5 of the best holiday security and safety tips to keep you, your family and your employees safe and secure this holiday season.

While we know you are busy, it only takes seconds for disaster to strike – take a few minutes today to read and learn more about keeping your home and family safe during this special time fo the year.

holiday security tips

1) Fire Safety & Decorating Your Home For Christmas

Here are some ways that decoring can undermine your security!

❌ Don’t use real candles in any room without proper adult supervision.

❌ Don’t run your outside lights through your windows; that is an invite for a burglar to open the window and come in!

❌ If you have a fireplace, get it cleaned before making your first fire of the season.

❌ Don’t leave crockpots plugged in if you leave your home. They are a fire hazard.

❌ Don’t forget to activate your alarm system, even if you are home.

2) Don’t Post Your Plans To Travel, Shop or Play Online

While we are in a pandemic and most of us will choose to stay home, some of you may need to travel. As always, we highly recommend not advertising the fact that your home will be empty and unattended; do not post on social media that you will be gone for an extended period of time.

If you need additional tips on keeping your home safe and secure while you travel, read this.

3) Draw The Shades on Your Gifts

Do you love spoiling your family? We do! Well, burglars look for gift boxes under the tree. Don’t give the Grinch a chance to steal your Christmas gifts – draw your shades at night so the tree and your gifts can’t be seen from the outside!

4) Don’t Open The Door for Strangers

Be aware of strangers is something we’ve talked about before on this blog. But during the holidays, you might have people come to your door that do not look suspicious. Burglars may take advantage and scope out your home and your security measure, or lack there off, by pretending to ask for donations, by carolling or ‘delivering’ something to the wrong address. Beware of strange vans or unidentifiable delivery personal! Don’t open the door for strangers.

5) Don’t Put the Christmas Trash Out Early!

Last but not least, don’t leave your Christmas trash outside overnight! TVs, iPhone, games, expensive boots, clothes, or other tech gadgets – if you received these for Christmas and leave the boxes outside for all to see it will attract those with bad intentions!

Instead, flatten all boxes – recycle them if possible – and put them inside your trash can where no one can see them! Alternatively, put your trash out right before the trash pick up occurs, illuminating the possibility that someone is scoping out the ‘goods’

What Are You Wishing For This Christmas?

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We hope you will be spoiled with the presence of family, love and yes, gifts!

Stay safe and secure.

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

 

 

 

 

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How To Best Prepare for An Active Hurricane Season

How to prepare for a Hurricane

Do You Know Your Hurricane Evacuation Routes?

If you live in the south (east) of the United States you have to know about hurricane season; really all up and down the east coast you can be affected by hurricanes at any time during the hurricane season. If you have just recently moved south – maybe you just got to Myrtle Beach and you are reading this, you might not really know what the ‘fuss’ is about! We run into newly relocated people (from up north) often and they really have no idea what kind of damage a hurricane can do; both the wind and the water can destroy homes on their own, but putting them together and you’ve got a ‘perfect storm’.

First and foremost, if you do live in the south, you should know your evacuation route and you should have a family emergency plan.

When Is Hurricane Season?

For our North Atlantic area, hurricane season starts in June and runs through November!

This means that as this is published, hurricane season is in full swing and we (meaning you, the reader, and me, the writer) should gets prepared NOW!

From experience, we know a few things about hurricanes. Here are some of the things we do and take care of each season to prepare for a hurricane.

How to prepare for a hurricane in Myrtle Beach
Preparing For A Big Storm

✓ Keep a close eye on the forecast – know what’s happening and when to evacuate.

✓ Stock up on essentials BEFORE mention of any storm (because these supplies will be very hard to find once a storm approaches). Whether you stay home to ‘ride it out’ or you need to go to a shelter, even if you evacuate; you will need these supplies!

  • flashlights with batteries
  • extra batteries
  • power-bank for your phones
  • car chargers
  • candles and/or hand-cranked light source
  • supply of blankets and towels
  • water supply – 1 gallon p/p per day
  • dry milk
  • canned food
  • dry food
  • cash (because ATMs will run out)
  • filled up gas tanks (because gas stations will run out of gas)
  • generator (optional)
  • gas grill (with extra propane tank)
  • plywood to board up your house (optional)
  • masking tape to tape off your windows (optional)
  • chainsaw (optional – comes in handy when trees are down!)
  • create a portable toolkit
  • stock your first-aid kit
  • water-proof pocket file holder for all your paperwork (insurance cards, medical info, passports, proof of local residency etc)
  • if you have pets: vet records, extra food and carriers (so they can evacuate with you)
  • hotel reservations for up to 4 days in the city you are evacuating to, if you don’t want to stay locally in a shelter

✓ Let your family and friends know what your plans are and where you are headed!
✓ Connect with your neighbors – together you can figure out when to leave and when it is safe to return after a storm.
✓ Ask elderly neighbors if they have a plan – help them make arrangements if possible.

Here Is What The Experts Say About Preparing For A Big Storm

We found several great online resources for preparing and dealing with an approaching hurricane.

The best place to start is here.
Once you land on that website, you will find all of the following resources at your fingertips!

How To Prepare for a Hurricane
We recommend you familiarize yourself with this list, read it, act on the tips and then sit back, because along with you, we truly hope this is an inactive hurricane season and we will NOT see a major hurricane!

How Do You Prepare for a Hurricane?

Prepare, plan and stay informed and you will be fine!

We at Strand Security want all of our friends, family and customers to be safe and secure at all times. Our hope is you will start to think of a few things you can do now so that once a storm is approaching you aren’t fully unprepared to get ready. Feel free to ask us how we can help you!

Contact Strand Security today

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Safety First! Make a Family Emergency Plan Today!

Does Your Family Have a Family Emergency Plan Yet?

Safety First! Create a Family Emergency Plan Today!

An emergency is just that; ‘an unexpected and usually dangerous situation that calls for immediate action.’

Planning for emergencies is not an easy thing to do, since, well… they happen when you least expect it! However, having a PLAN does help you ‘take control’ of the unexpected, as far as that’s possible.

Plan for an Emergency by Doing Drills!

With kids going back to school this month, we thought it would be a good idea to review some family emergency plans. Just like your kids will be exposed to fire drills, earthquake drills, tornado drills, bomb drills or, at least here in South Carolina we do them; hurricane drills, at their schools. You should be planning for a home emergency as well by doing these types of drills with a written out plan, at  your home!


On the website ‘disastercenter.com’ we learn that

  • Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services, such as water, gas, electricity, or telephones were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away.
  • Families can and do cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility. Learn more about Family Disaster Plans by contacting your local emergency management office or your local American Red Cross chapter.

We then went to the Red Cross site and according to the Red Cross, creating a family emergency plan is “important to make sure that the entire family is prepared and informed in the event of a disaster or emergency. You may not always be together when these events take place and should have plans for making sure you are able to contact and find one another.

The American Red Cross suggests some basic steps to make sure you remain safe:

  • Meet with your family or household members.
  • Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.
  • Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.
  • If a family member is in the military, plan how you would respond if they were deployed.

To read the full Red Cross article, click here.

 

FEMA also has some valuable information. They have created two downloadable family communication plans as PDFs, one for parents and one for kids.
Family Communication Plan for Kids
Family Communication Plan for Parents

These would be a great starting point for any family who doesn’t have a family emergency plan yet!


Do These Four Things To Keep Your Family Save in Time of Disaster and Emergency

To round out this article, here are four things to keep in mind and take care of today!

  1. Find out what can happen to you and your family.
  2. Create a family disaster plan.
  3. Complete your checklists.
  4. Practice and maintain your plan.

4 steps to creating and executing a family emergency plan

If you do all of these, you can rest just a bit easier when disaster strikes!

EDIT: March 2017

We received a beautiful email from a Girl Scout Troop. The girls in the troop are currently working on their first aid badges and we they have been talking about emergency preparedness.  Our article provided a ton of info for the girls. In their research, they found another helpful resource. Today, we are happy to share it with you, too.

Check out this article by BePrepared.com

CREATE AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN FOR YOUR FAMILY

Get ready! You can never be too prepared!

 

Contact Strand Security today

 

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