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New to South Carolina? Get Prepared for Hurricane Season Now!

National Hurricane Preparedness Week

May 2022 started out with National Hurricane Preparedness Week! If you follow us (Strand Security) on Social Media, you’ve seen some of the posts.

We want to make sure that our blog readers are prepared as well.

Get prepared for Hurricane Season in South Carolina

FACT: The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1-November 30.

Preparation for this Atlantic Hurricane Season, which is our season here in South Carolina, should start in May!  Especially during this post-pandemic time with shipping issues and delays, getting your hands on supplies might become a challenging task.

  • Need a generator? You better start looking!
  • Need wood to board up your windows, better start saving money!

Pricing and availability of hurricane supplies are at a all-time premium.

Prepare Now. Be Safe When The Big Storm Hits!

According to NOAA, Hurricane preparedness needs to start in May. Being prepared for disaster can mean the difference between life and death.

Here are the things to start working on TODAY!

Hurricane Prep - Strengthen your home

Before a storm hits, trim trees, secure loose outdoor items and store inside a garage or home, secure all doors, cover windows and move your vehicles indoors, or to another safe location.

Hurricane Prep - Check your Insurance

Know what is covered, and what is not. This is of utmost importance if you live in an active hurricane zone like we do in South Carolina! First thing to do is to call your insurance agent, ak about whether you need flood insurance and get copies made of your insurance policies to add to your evacuation kit!

Hurricane Prep - Help your neighbors

Whether you are brand new to the neighborhood, or you’ve lived there for decades, make a plan to check in with your neighbors. Not everyone has the funds or capability to evacuate. Make an emergency plan with your neighbors and keep in touch before, during and after the storm!

Hurricane Prep - Create an Evacuation Plan

Learn where and when to evacuate! When it’s time to put a plan in motion, it’s too late to prepare! YOu will need to have all your ‘ducks in a row’ before the first named storm is headed your way! Hurricane supplies should be stocked in your home, a plan for evacuation should include a plan for your pets! (Search for pet-friendly hotels! We love the Best Western and Red Roof Inn chains as most will allow you to bring your pets. Be sure to check with each hotel about their pet policy)

Hurricane Prep - Determine your Risk

Know when to evacuate and when it’s safe to stay! Evaluate your risk for all things hurricane! We highly recommend you listen to your local news stations for the most updated information about evacuation!

Hurricane Prep - Assemble Supplies

last but not least, this supply list should be an ongoing list! Try to get these supplies now, as it might take a while to gather all that’s needed for the next storm. We know from experience that there will be a run on

  • gas
  • generators’
  • flashlights
  • batteries
  • cash
  • bread
  • milk
  • cleaning supplies
  • plywood
  • chainsaws
  • snacks
  • and many other supplies!

Don’t get caught without the necessary supplies to stick it out at home!

If you can stay, stay! If you are asked to evacuate or seek shelter, please listen to the local authorities!

Prepare Your Home for a Hurricane With Smarthome Solutions

How can you prepare your home for the next hurricane?

Smarthome solutions like security cameras, remote locks, thermostats settings, water sensors and more can help you monitor what’s going on at home, even if you have to evacuate!

Come talk with us now and we will gladly help you prepare, whether this is your first ever hurricane season in South Carolina, or your 25th! We are here to offer support, advice and installation.

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

 

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The Most Useful Hurricane Prep Tips – Lessons Learned from Hurricane Irma

the most useful hurricane prep tips - lessons learned form Hurricane irma

Hurricane Prep Starts BEFORE the Threat of a New Hurricane

Yes, you read that right! Planning and prepping for the next hurricane starts now.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you start your hurricane preparations before the next hurricane threat arrives. These are tips from the experts at FEMA and NOAA and other government agencies tasked with keeping you safe!

  • Know your hurricane evacuation zone
  • Decide when to evacuate your family (Cat. 1, Cat. 2, Cat. 3 or when a mandatory evacuation is called for )
  • Write a written plan for when your stay, including a supply list
  • Write a written plan for when you evacuate, including a supply list
  • Plan to include your pets
  • Have more than one evacuation destination plans – you need to evacuate away from the pending storm.
  • Talk to your neighbors about past storm experiences.
  • Buy hurricane supplies now, before they become a valued commodity – think generator, drinking water, ply-board, canned goods, extra gasoline cans, extra propane tank for your gas grill and more.
  • Take an inventory video of each room in your home.
  • Scan all your insurance documents and important papers to store in the cloud.

If you’d like a more VISUAL HURRICANE PREP LIST, check out one of our earlier posts with a super cool hurricane prep infographic.

Now that you know how to start preparing for the next hurricane, let us check on some hurricane myths floating around the internet…!

What NOT to Do: Debunking Hurricane Prep Myths

From the Tampa Bay Times come these myths that have been floating around on Facebook and other social media sites this past week as Floridians prepared for Hurricane Irma to make landfall. People just keep sharing these over and over and over!

Have you heard these myths? Have you SHARED these myths on social media? Please stop!

  • Crack your windows during a hurricane
  • Taping up windows prevents them from shattering
  • Hotels are required to house pets and service animals
  • The dishwasher is a safe place to keep valuables you don’t want to get wet
  • You only need to board up windows and doors that are facing the water

Do not take your advice from Facebook. Do not take your hurricane advice from ‘friends, families and neighbors’ reposting ‘copy & paste’ tips from who-knows-where. Instead follow the guidelines from FEMA and your local government agencies experienced in hurricane preparedness.

HUrricane Tips to Sink Your Teeth in Myrtle Beach

Hurricane Prep Tips To Seek Your Teeth In!

You can connect with FEMA on ready.gov to get started.

Start here!

Another great agency for up-to-date hurricane information is NOAA.

Start here!

We understand that sometimes reading these official government sites can be intimidating, so take care to always check your sources if you do read non government information on non government sites.

Hurricane Preparation and Family Emergency Planning Go Hand in Hand

If you have never made a family emergency plan, start today.

That includes making a plan for a tornado, hurricane, flood, fire or other natural disaster.
We hope you never, ever have to implement such a plan, but in case of emergency, you will be so happy to have a plan to refer back to to help you move forward.

As always, if we can be of assistance, do not hesitate to reach out to us!

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

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When Disaster Strikes It’s (Almost) Too Late To Prepare!

When disaster strikes it's (almost) too late to prepare.

Floods, Tropical Storms and Hurricanes

What do they have in common?

All of these are natural disasters for which you can prepare!
Newsflash – Many people do not prepare for natural disasters and thus when disaster strikes, these natural disaster can quickly turn into a tragedy for unprepared families!

Rain, Rain. Go Away!

The Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach has had their share of rain in the last year or so. We have Tropical Storm Julia bearing down on us this week and we had a visit from Hurricane Hermine on September 2, just about two weeks ago. And just last year, South Carolina was hit by what is now called ‘the historic 1000 year flood’ in the first few days of October.

Of course, who can forget what happened in Louisiana just last month (August 2016) – disaster struck, and struck hard for many families. The devastating news and incredibly sad media videos of the flood waters coming from Louisiana should serve as a reminder to everyone that disaster can and will strike – just like that!

Preparing For Disaster

Preparing for the worst doesn’t mean the worst is going to happen.

It means that when things go wrong, you have a plan and a way to get out!

Here are some of the ways you can prepare right now!

  • Buy Flood Insurance
  • Buy Wind and Hail Insurance
  • Create a family emergency plan
  • Create an evacuation plan
  • Prepare an emergency kit (include meds, food and drinking water)
  • Prepare a natural disaster kit (include important paperwork and tools)

When disaster strikes you want to be prepared. Get started now and prepare for the next tropical storm, flood or hurricane to come your way!

Let’s Look To The Experts For More Tips!

(Please click on the titles below to read the articles)

Disaster Planning

Disaster Planning Guide

Safety First! Make a Family Emergency Plan Today!

Hurricane Preparedness

How To Help Prepare For A Hurricane

How To Best Prepare for An Active Hurricane Season

Evacuation Tips

Emergency Evacuation Planning

A Mandatory Evacuation Leaves Your Home Unattended, or Does It?

Flood Prevention

Flood Damage Prevention

How To Help Prevent Water Damage

Reduce Flood Damage To Homes

Plan. Prepare. Be Ready!

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again:

With security and safety on the line, it is always best to be prepared!

Let us know how we can help you prepare ahead of the next storm to head our way; whether that includes installing a Honeywell Total Connect security system, with cameras, so that you can monitor your home even when you have to evacuate, or by providing you more useful information like we did in this article, we are prepare to help you be prepared!

Contact Strand Security today

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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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