Preparing for Hurricane Florence

With the uncertainty facing all of us with the path of Hurricane Florence we would like to provide you with some important information regarding storm preparedness-

Before a Storm:

  1. Terms. A “watch” is a notification for residents to be on alert of a potential storm, and a “warning” indicates that a hurricane is expected in your area.
  2. Insurance and Important information. Review your insurance plans and have copies of important documents, such as driver’s licenses, medical information, and insurance cards.
  3. Plan ahead.  Create an emergency plan in the event that an evacuation is necessary, and keep emergency contact information handy. Don’t forget to consider your pets when planning for a possible evacuation.
  4. Supplies. Plan ahead of time by creating emergency kits filled with survival necessities such as bottled water, non-perishable snacks, medication, batteries, blankets, crank radios and flashlights.
  5. SC Emergency Manager The official app of SCEMD. It is designed for users to build their own emergency plans, to keep track of supplies and to stay connected to loved ones. In addition, coastal residents can now “Know Your Zone” instantly using the maps feature as well as locate the nearest emergency shelters when they are open. The tools section features a flashlight, locator whistle and the ability to report damage to emergency officials. The SC Emergency Manager can function without the need of a data connection, which is useful when basic utilities are offline. Get it here

Make plans to secure your property.

  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well-trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Reinforce your garage doors. If wind enters a garage, it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
  • Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • Install a generator for emergencies.

ADDITIONALLY………If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

  • Listen to the radio or TV for information.
  • Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
  • Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
  • Keep a supply of water for sanitary purposes, such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.
  • Make sure you have three gallons of water per family member.
  • Refill your prescriptions
  • Fill up your car with gas
  • Withdraw a week’s worth of cash since power outages may interrupt these services temporarily.
  • Place important, valuable papers such as your log of possessions in waterproof bags
  • Have canned food for at least three days and a can opener

During a Storm:

  1. Listen. Listen to local radio and television broadcasts for current conditions and recommended actions. You can also sign up to receive emergency alerts on your mobile device here.
  2. Evacuate. When directed by local authorities, you may be required to evacuate. Know your zone and evacuation route  in advance.
  3. Shelter. If you are unable to evacuate, seek shelter in an interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.

After a Storm: 

  1. Be aware of dangers. Be cautious of potential dangers, such as downed power lines, contaminated water, or possible gas leaks.
  2. Document damage. If possible, take photos of the damage on your property or residence, in addition to making written notes.
  3. Be cautious of scams. Be alert to possible disaster-related scams such as fraudulent phone calls or price gouging. Do not give any personal information, including credit card and bank account information, to unverified callers.

More helpful hints…..

  • Make sure you have pet food and supplies for three days.
  • Contact a trained expert to turn off damaged utilities and appliances instead of trying to do it yourself.
  • Drink only bottled water until tap water is deemed safe.
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges. Stay off the streets. If you must go out, watch for fallen objects including downed electrical wires, weakened walls, bridges, roads and sidewalks.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Walk carefully around the outside your home and check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage before entering.

We hope that you find this information helpful as you prepare for the effects of Florence.

Please follow the link below for a Hurricane Preparedness Handbook along with a Family Communications Plan for your convenience.

Hurricane Preparedness Guide

Stay Safe!

Southern Community Services Acquires New Homeowner Association Management Clients in Charleston, S.C. Area

Southern Community Services Acquires New Homeowner Association Management
Clients
in Charleston, S.C. Area

June 11, 2018 (Charleston, S.C.) – Southern Community Services (SCS), one of only six Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) community association management firms in South Carolina, added Charleston-area communities Charleston National, Tupelo and Darrell Creek to its growing client list.

Mt. Pleasant’s coastal golf community Charleston National, which offers a luxurious combination of homes and first-class facilities, is centered on an 18-hole golf course designed by Rees Jones.

Tupelo, located near downtown Charleston, offers a pool, covered amenity area, playground and natural trails.

Darrell Creek boasts 291 planned homes on half-acre lots and offers a crabbing dock and several beautiful ponds. This community is located minutes away from the Isle of Palms and Town Center shopping.

“We are always excited for the opportunity to work with new communities,” says Ken Tamsin, CEO of SCS. “We work hard to meet the unique needs of every community we work with, and we are proud to be part of a dynamic and growing Lowcountry.”

Southern Community Services serves the homeowner association (HOA) boards of more than 180 communities across the Carolinas, from multi-tiered, master-planned communities to small, single-family neighborhoods, with offices in Spartanburg, S.C., Columbia, S.C. and the Charleston area. Details on the firm, as well as secure, 24-7 online payment and document portals for homeowners, can be found at http://trustscs.com/.

About Southern Community Services

Founded in 2000, Southern Community Services, (SCS), specializes in the management of homeowner associations across the Carolinas, and has a longstanding reputation as the leader in its industry. Staffed with accredited professionals who work diligently to accommodate the unique needs of each community, SCS provides turnkey solutions, state-of-the-art technology and decades of association management experience to boards, with senior-level involvement in every aspect of the business. Learn more about SCS at www.trustscs.com.

Melissa Morales Joins Southern Community Services as Chief Financial Officer

Melissa Morales Joins Southern Community Services as Chief Financial Officer

May 1, 2018 (Columbia, S.C.) – Southern Community Services (SCS), one of only six AAMC –accredited community association management firms in South Carolina, announces the appointment of Melissa Morales as the company’s chief financial officer. With more than 20 years of operations and accounting experience, Morales is spearheading SCS’ financial services, optimizing current processes and maximizing the strengths of the back-office team.

Having served as accounting manager at SCS from 2008 to 2012, Morales is familiar with SCS’ internal protocols and has maintained positive relationships with many of SCS’ longtime clients. Most recently, Morales served as the Vice President of Operations at Elauwit Networks, LLC in West Columbia, S.C. Her expertise in project management, field operations, operational support, purchasing, and maintaining inventory make her uniquely suited for the role of CFO at SCS.

A graduate of the Leadership Columbia Class of 2008, Morales is invested in the community and committed to reinforcing SCS’ team environment.

“The strength of SCS is our team concept,” says Larry Ridlehoover, president of SCS. “With Melissa on board as CFO, we’re seeing even more cohesiveness between the departments under her purview. It’s clear that she is taking this already great ‘back office’ team to a new level, bringing even better operations and accounting service to our clients across the state.”

Morales has taken charge from an accounting and systems perspective, working with the operations group, customer service team, community managers, and key clients’ on-site staff. Her skills range from forecasting and budgeting to financial analysis, auditing and more.

“I look forward to working with the team to identify areas where we can streamline and synergize our accounting processes to better serve our clients and HOAs,” says Morales. “Collaborating with both internal staff and board members to evaluate our systems for additional integration is high on my priority list. I am confident that our team will go into the next quarter stronger than ever.”

Morales plans to conduct surveys with internal staff and homeowner association board members as part of the process of exploring possible software upgrades, and she already has attended several associations’ board, finance and annual meetings.

“SCS is known for providing deliverables in a timely and accurate fashion to clients that require extensive, concierge-type service on the financial side,” notes Ken Tamsin, CEO of SCS. “Melissa’s breadth of knowledge, attention to detail and years of experience enable us to exceed the expectations of all of our communities, from large-scale, master-planned developments to condo and townhome associations.”

“With proven success in client experience, business development and a commitment to cultivating talent, Morales’ appointment as CFO bolsters our growing leadership team,” says Ridlehoover. “Her professional career reflects consistent performance, leadership and trustworthy character, all of which are core values that SCS works to exude through all of our business practices.”

SCS manages the homeowner association boards of nearly 180 communities across the Carolinas, from multi-tiered master-planned communities to small, single family neighborhoods. Learn more about SCS and view staff bios at http://www.trustscs.com.

About Southern Community Services

Founded in 2000, Southern Community Services, (SCS), specializes in the management of homeowner associations across the Carolinas, and has a long-standing reputation as the leader in its industry. Staffed with accredited professionals who work diligently to accommodate the unique needs of each community, SCS provides turnkey solutions, state-of-the-art technology and decades of association management experience to boards, with senior-level involvement in every aspect of the business. Learn more about SCS at www.trustscs.com.

New Hires Bring Vision to the Lake Keowee Community

Southern Community Services Welcomes New Employees to the Upstate

New hires bring vision to the Lake Keowee Community

Nov. 8, 2017 (Greenville, S.C.) – Southern Community Services (SCS), one of only six AAMC-accredited community association management firms in South Carolina, has hired four new employees in the Upstate of South Carolina: Justin Rogers, Jamie Ogles, John Summey and Jennifer Wilks. They will all work at the Lake Keowee community.

“All four new hires are incredibly talented and will bring great new vision to the Lake Keowee community,” says Ken Tamsin, CEO of SCS. “I’m looking forward to seeing their success in the Upstate.”

Justin Rogers, community association manager, has a background in insurance, heavy commercial and civil construction, and strategic community management and development.  His new role at SCS allows him to use his management experience to further enhance and manage the Lake Keowee Community.

Community association assistant manager Jamie Ogles is looking forward to working alongside Rogers, Summey and Wilks. Ogles brings over 34 years of secretarial experience to Lake Keowee, as well as previous experience as a regional manager.

SCS named John Summey architectural review committee (ARC) administrator for the Lake Keowee community. His experience in forestry, construction and commercial building maintenance will carry over to aid his new role.

Jennifer Wilks, community association administrative assistant, has over 10 years of office management and administrative experience. She was the previous owner of Executive Courier & Errand Services, LLC and office manager at Clemson Sports Medicine.

Lake Keowee, a lakefront community in Sunset, S.C., has acres of wildlife conservancy land and many parks and pavilions. The family-friendly community features an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course and private access to Lake Keowee.

SCS manages the HOA boards of nearly 180 communities across the Carolinas, from multi-tiered master-planned communities to small, single family neighborhoods. Learn more about SCS and view staff bios at http://www.trustscs.com.

About Southern Community Services

Founded in 2000, Southern Community Services (SCS) specializes in the management of homeowner associations across the Carolinas, with a longstanding reputation as the leader in its industry. Staffed with accredited professionals who work diligently to accommodate the unique needs of each community, SCS provides turnkey solutions, state-of-the-art technology and decades of association management experience to boards, with senior-level involvement in every aspect of the business. Learn more about SCS at www.trustscs.com.

Southern Community Services Hails New Employees in Columbia, S.C.

Southern Community Services Hails New Employees in Columbia, S.C.

Four new hires bring skill, know-how to the Midlands

Nov. 8, 2017 (Columbia, S.C.) – Southern Community Services (SCS), one of only six AAMC-accredited community association management firms in South Carolina, has hired four new employees in Columbia: Angela Adleman, Justin Lee, Taylor Woegens and Caprice M. Taylor.

“SCS prides itself on meeting the specific needs of each community we serve, and we look forward to the contributions our new employees will make in that effort,” says Ken Tamsin CEO of SCS.

HOA administrator Angela Adleman began her new role in July 2017.

Justin Lee, property manager at The Summit, managed healthcare for 10 years and was a Realtor in Douglas County, Colorado before he joined the SCS team.

Taylor Woegens, community assistant manager, holds a bachelor’s degree from William Paterson University of New Jersey. Now living in Columbia, she brings expertise and dedication to her new position.

Administrative assistant Caprice Taylor has a background in tax administration, customer service and inside sales. Hailing from Newberry, Taylor loves the South Carolina lifestyle and is excited to begin this position in Columbia.

SCS manages the homeowner association boards of nearly 180 communities across the Carolinas, from multi-tiered master-planned communities to small, single family neighborhoods. Learn more about SCS and view staff bios at http://www.trustscs.com.

About Southern Community Services

Founded in 2000, Southern Community Services (SCS) specializes in the management of homeowner associations across the Carolinas, with a longstanding reputation as the leader in its industry. Staffed with accredited professionals who work diligently to accommodate the unique needs of each community, SCS provides turnkey solutions, state-of-the-art technology and decades of association management experience to boards, with senior-level involvement in every aspect of the business. Learn more about SCS at www.trustscs.com.

 

Southern Community Services Welcomes New Management, Promotions to Charleston Communities

Southern Community Services Welcomes New Management, Promotions

to Charleston Communities

Employees bring experience, expertise to the Lowcountry

Nov. 8, 2017 (Charleston, S.C.) – Southern Community Services (SCS), one of only six AAMC-accredited community association management firms in South Carolina, has named eight new employees and one promotion in the Charleston area.

“Our new team members bring a great deal of experience from both within the real estate industry and outside of it,” says Ken Tamsin, CEO of SCS. “Our communities will benefit from their expertise, energy and new insights.”

Barbara Liantonio was hired as an architectural review board (ARB) coordinator and Lisa Tumminelli was hired as a community administrator for Dunes West, an upscale, mixed-development community in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Liantonio has experience as an area manager for Dannon Yogurt and is a winner of nine Pinnacle Club awards. Tumminelli has experience as a corporate trainer, a help desk support staff member, a computer technician and a substitute teacher. Their combined experiences will bring new ideas and fresh perspectives to Dunes West.

Tess Gillis was hired as an administrative assistant at Park West, a family-friendly and nature-preserving community in Mt. Pleasant.

Nancy Curtis, community manager for Hamlin Plantation, has seven years of experience in the community management field.

Art Perry was named community manager at The Gardens at Tanner Plantation, a 144-single-family-home community in Hanahan, S.C. Perry was involved with the Eagle Scouts and is a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.

Kelli Baker joins SCS as a community manager in the North Charleston office and brings knowledge from the hotel and hospitality industry to the team. Amanda Harper continues with SCS as a community association manager in her hometown of Mt. Pleasant.

Mary Fraser was promoted to assistant manager at I’On Assembly Inc. She is from Mt. Pleasant and was previously the office manager for SCS at Park West.

SCS manages the homeowner association boards of nearly 180 communities across the Carolinas, from multi-tiered master-planned communities to small, single-family neighborhoods. Learn more about SCS and view staff bios at http://www.trustscs.com.

About Southern Community Services

Founded in 2000, Southern Community Services (SCS) specializes in the management of homeowner associations across the Carolinas, with a longstanding reputation as the leader in its industry. Staffed with accredited professionals who work diligently to accommodate the unique needs of each community, SCS provides turnkey solutions, state-of-the-art technology and decades of association management experience to boards, with senior-level involvement in every aspect of the business. Learn more about SCS at www.trustscs.com.

Southern Community Services Acquires New Homeowner Association Management Client in the Upstate, S.C.

Southern Community Services Acquires New Homeowner Association Management Client in the Upstate, S.C.

The Reserve at Lake Keowee joins the SCS client roster

Oct. 3, 2017 (Spartanburg/Greenville, S.C.) – Southern Community Services, one of only six AAMC-accredited community association management firms in South Carolina, has added The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, S.C., to its growing client list in the Upstate. A full client list can be found at http://www.TrustSCS.com.

Home to more than 700 families, The Reserve at Lake Keowee is the newest community acquired by SCS in the Upstate. Offering private access to Lake Keowee, one of the purest lakes in North America, The Reserve at Lake Keowee is edged by an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course and includes many hiking trails within its expansive 3,900 acres of preserved land, much of which is wildlife conservancy land dotted with parks and pavilions.

“We’re thrilled to add The Reserve at Lake Keowee to our client roster,” said Ken Tamsin, CEO of SCS. “It is a beautiful community in the vibrant and growing Upstate region­. It offers residents a scenic setting with engaging amenities, including tennis courts, pools, parks, golf, shopping and restaurants. More than 700 families have chosen to call The Reserve at Lake Keowee their home.”

The Reserve at Lake Keowee prides itself on being secluded, yet convenient; elegant, yet comfortable; private, yet community-minded. With 30 miles of shoreline, it is nestled only two hours from Atlanta, Charlotte and Columbia, S.C., and within easy reach of two vibrant, growing cities — Greenville, S.C., and Asheville, N.C. Just a 15-minute drive down the road, big-time sports and lifelong learning await at Clemson University.

SCS serves the HOA boards of nearly 180 communities across the Carolinas, from multi-tiered master-planned communities to small, single family neighborhoods and has offices in Spartanburg, S.C., Columbia, S.C. and the Charleston area. Details on the firm as well as secure, 24-7 online payment and document portals for homeowners can be found at http://www.TrustSCS.com.

About Southern Community Services

Founded in 2000, Southern Community Services (SCS) specializes in the management of homeowner associations across the Carolinas, with a longstanding reputation as the leader in its industry. Staffed with accredited professionals who work diligently to accommodate the unique needs of each community, SCS provides turnkey solutions, state-of-the-art technology and decades of association management experience to boards, with senior-level involvement in every aspect of the business. Learn more about SCS at www.TrustSCS.com.

LongCreek Plantation, Eagles Nest and Stratford Plantation Join SCS Client Docket

Southern Community Services Expands Reach in Columbia, S.C. Area

LongCreek Plantation, Eagles Nest and Stratford Plantation join SCS client docket

Dec. 11, 2017 (Columbia, S.C.) – Southern Community Services (SCS), one of only six Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC)-accredited community association management firms in S.C., has added three new Columbia-area communities to its growing client list. LongCreek Plantation, Eagles Nest and Stratford Plantation join SCS’ client roster in the Midlands.

“The Midlands region is growing, and SCS is growing along with it,” said Ken Tamsin, CEO of SCS. “It’s a great feeling to welcome LongCreek Plantation, Eagles Nest and Stratford Plantation to our growing family.”

Just outside of Columbia, S.C., Blythewood’s LongCreek Plantation is a 1,500-unit development, which includes the gated, SCS-managed neighborhood of Windermere, as well as 14 other residential communities. Homes are located just minutes from major shopping areas and interstates, yet are nestled in quiet neighborhoods shaded by mature trees which create a “get-away-from-it-all” feel.

Eagles Nest is a single-family residential community in Chapin, S.C., established in 2008. The community includes a pool, a small clubhouse, a playground and a basketball court. Located conveniently near I-26, Eagles Nest is a short drive from Lake Murray, downtown Columbia and Irmo, S.C., as well as other great amenities the area has to offer.

Stratford Plantation, located in Elgin, S.C. in the heart of the Palmetto State, is a beautiful neighborhood featuring large wooded lots and two ponds.

Southern Community Services serves the homeowner association (HOA) boards of over 180 communities across the Carolinas, from multi-tiered, master-planned communities to small, single-family neighborhoods, with offices in Spartanburg, S.C., Columbia, S.C. and the Charleston area. Details on the firm as well as secure, 24-7 online payment and document portals for homeowners can be found at http://trustscs.com.

About Southern Community Services

Founded in 2000, Southern Community Services (SCS) specializes in the management of homeowner associations across the Carolinas, with a longstanding reputation as the leader in its industry. Staffed with accredited professionals who work diligently to accommodate the unique needs of each community, SCS provides turnkey solutions, state-of-the-art technology and decades of association management experience to boards, with senior-level involvement in every aspect of the business. Learn more about SCS at www.TrustSCS.com.

Rivertowne on the Wando Community Joins SCS’ Growing Client Roster

 Southern Community Services Expands in the Lowcountry

 Rivertowne on the Wando community joins SCS’ growing client roster

Dec. 11, 2017 (Charleston, S.C.) – Southern Community Services (SCS), one of only six Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC)-accredited community association management firms in South Carolina, recently acquired the Mt. Pleasant community Rivertowne on the Wando.

“We are excited to expand in the Lowcountry and to work with such a friendly, beautiful community,” says Jessica Turner, SCS Vice President of the Charleston Region. “The Charleston community is ever-expanding and SCS’ growth runs parallel with it.”

Sue Shunk was named the community manager for the Rivertowne on the Wando community. Shunk will assist the homeowner association (HOA) board with billing and collections, newsletter services, architectural review, financial reporting and accounting, budget preparation, property maintenance, event planning and more.

Rivertowne on the Wando is a single-family community that sits along the bank of the Wando River. The community is made up of 460 homes and home sites along with an abundance of amenities, all of which work together to create a friendly social atmosphere for families and neighbors.

Southern Community Services serves the homeowner association (HOA) boards of over 180 communities across the Carolinas, from multi-tiered, master-planned communities to small, single-family neighborhoods, with offices in Spartanburg, S.C., Columbia, S.C. and the Charleston area. Details on the firm as well as secure, 24-7 online payment and document portals for homeowners can be found at http://trustscs.com/

About Southern Community Services

Founded in 2000, Southern Community Services (SCS) specializes in the management of homeowner associations across the Carolinas, with a longstanding reputation as the leader in its industry. Staffed with accredited professionals who work diligently to accommodate the unique needs of each community, SCS provides turnkey solutions, state-of-the-art technology and decades of association management experience to boards, with senior-level involvement in every aspect of the business. Learn more about SCS at www.trustscs.com.

SCS will Host Two CAI-SC Events this Spring

Southern Community Services is hosting two Community Associations Institute (CAI-SC) Lunch and Learn events in spring 2018. Join us!

Register online online at www.cai-sc.org or info@brainerdcommunications.com. 

Stay tuned for more details on speakers and session topics!


April 26, 2018: Columbia

Southern Community Services
King’s Grant Clubhouse
300 North Kings Grant
Columbia, SC 20209
Capacity: 50

May 3, 2018: Charleston

Southern Community Services
Park West Clubhouse
2701-P1 Park West Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
Capacity: 50-75