Let Freedom Ring & Sing!

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July 4th falls on a Wednesday this year and it coincides with the Sunset Beach Concert Series! Come on out and join the fun directly across from our office and bring in The Fourth with The Blue Pickups Band! These Nashville recording artists will take to the stage for an Exclusive Summer Concerts appearance. Along with the entertainment, food will also be available for purchase from The Dawg Wagon Food Truck, Papa John's Pizza & Wings, Dixieland Kettle Corn and Sunset Slush Classic Italian Ice. When you’ve got your hands full of Italian ice and kettle corn, be sure to stop by Riptide Builder’s tent to enter for a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card!!!

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Grab your loved ones and lawn chairs and enjoy an amazing evening! The concert starts at 7 pm but we advise you to arrive early to get the seat you want.

*  The 2018 concerts are located in the large field in The Village at Sunset Beach which is on Sunset Boulevard North at the intersection of Park Road North, East of the Planetarium.

Start the holiday off early with games, activities and a small concert on July 3rd at the Old Bridge. Put together by volunteers from the Old Bridge Preservation Society, the event kicks off at 6 pm. Remember to bring water and lawn chairs.

On July 4th starting at 9 am join Sunset Beach for their 4th of July parade. The town encourages everyone to amp up their holiday decoration skills! Get those bicycles, wagons, and outfits decked out in red, white and blue. The parade will be across the Old Bridge while patriotic music will fill the air. Everyone is encouraged to ride or march across the bridge. The Old Bridge is located at 109 Shoreline Drive West in Sunset Beach.

If you love parades, continue the holiday party in the Southport! You can partake in the celebrated parade in the heart of Southport, just a few towns East of Sunset Beach. Southport has celebrated Independence Day like no other for over 200 years. Folks come from across the Carolinas to be a part of it. The parade starts at 11 am at the intersection of Moore and Howe Street. There will also be a fantastic waterfront firework show beginning at 9 pm.

Riptide Builders wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday!

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Hurricane Season 2018 – Are You Prepared?

If you are a native or even a transplant to the Carolinas, one topic that your family discusses around the dinner table when summer is underway is hurricanes. Experts tell us that the best time to prepare for the hurricane is not the weekend before but at least a few weeks in advance if possible. If you’re from the area, you know what a grocery store looks like two nights before the big storm hits it's like suddenly, there is a bread, milk and water shortage. If you plan ahead, you won’t be left PB&J-less. 

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 and forecasters at the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) are already predicting a 35% chance of an “above-normal” season, a 40% chance of a “near-normal” season, and then a 25% chance of a “below-normal” season for the upcoming hurricane. Remember though that a near-normal or below-normal storm season is not something to shrug off or take lightly. These storms are severe and being properly informed as well as properly stocked up in your homes helps more than you realize. Think of it this way: in 2017, there were 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes, six of those with winds greater than 110 miles per hour. One of those hurricanes damaged 100,000 homes and one, unfortunately, claimed the lives of 4,635 individuals.

Riptide Builders wants everyone safe, happy and healthy. We have compiled a list of things you can do before, during and after the hurricane. 

Things you do can do before a hurricane strikes:

  • Assemble an emergency preparedness kit – include items such as: water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, extra batteries, first aid kit, medications, personal hygiene items, copies of personal documents, cell phone with chargers, family and emergency contact information, extra cash
  • Create a household evacuation plan and don’t forget your four-legged furry friends
  • Stay informed about what your community’s plan is if they have one
  • Talk to little ones about what to do during the hurricane, discuss it ahead of time to help reduce fear
  • Make sure you have a device to access radio broadcasts in case you lose power
  • Protect windows with storm shutters or plywood
  • Find a place to stow away lawn furniture, toys, tools, garbage cans in case of heavy winds to keep these items from flying and hurting your home or people
  • Clear your rain gutters and down spots, fix any that may be wobbly
  • Make sure all cars are filled up with gas and even fill up that spare gas can just in case
  • If you have a generator, make sure it is working properly

Right before the hurricane hits:

  • Listen to local radio stations to stay up to date
  • Be prepared to evacuate and move quickly – locate your nearest local emergency shelter
  • Check your emergency kit one last time to make sure you have everything you need
  • Fill plastic bottles with clean water for drinking
  • Fill bathtubs and sinks with water for flushing the toilet
  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances

How to stay safe during the actual hurricane:

  • STAY INDOORS
  • Leave the forecast to the forecasters, don’t go outside and walk on the beach to catch a glimpse or try and find that perfect Instagram shot
  • Don’t walk, swim or drive through floodwater – six inches of fast-flowing water can knock a person over, two feet will float a car
  • Use your flashlights if the power goes out
  • Avoid contact with flood water – it could be contaminated

After the hurricane has passed:

  • Let friends and family know you’re safe
  • If you had to evacuate, check with local authorities to find out when it is safe to return home
  • Continue to listen to local news
  • Stay alert for any continual rainfall/flooding

Did you know that all homes built in the last five years in Coastal North Carolina MUST meet 130 mph wind ratings to pass code requirements? Riptide Builders installs Wayne Dalton Garage doors on all our homes which can withstand such full-force winds. When you build a new home with Riptide, you can trust it will meet more rigorous building and energy code requirements ensuring that your home weathers storms more efficiently than a used home. We not only want your family to be safe during the hurricane but also want you to have a safe home to come back to, that is why we take such great pride in the safety and care built into all our homes. 

Following these simple tips will keep you and your family safe. Brunswick County's Hurricane Hotline can be reached at 1-800-522-2366. 

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