- Celebrate with us!
- Corvias Foundation grant and scholarship applications now available!
- Green Corner
- Exciting enhancements coming to your community center!
- Winter weather is here!
- It’s quarterly survey time!
- Holiday decorations reminder
- Don’t let stress hinder your holiday cheer
- Want to know what is happening in your community?
- Fire safety tips for the holidays
- Traveling soon?
- Don’t let frozen pipes ruin the holidays
Corvias to host Tis The Season event in conjunction with post tree lighting.
Join your neighbors, fellow Service Members and the Corvias team to kick off the holiday season. Corvias Military Living, along with Fort Sill, will host this year’s holiday celebration. The Fort Sill’s Tree Lighting Ceremony is completely free andwill be held in front of McNair Hall on Tuesday, December 3 at 6 p.m.
If you are the spouse or child of an active-duty service member with plans to go to college, Corvias Foundation may be able to help. Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more about available scholarships and educational grants from Corvias Foundation. Applications are available on-line.
When shopping for a new appliance, how do you know if it is energy efficient? Look for the ENERGY STAR label.
By mid-December, your community center will receive state-of-the-art computer technology. Corvias Military Living is installing touch screen computers with larger screens to enable you to have an easier, more interactive user experience. And, since many service members expressed their desire to access the DoD network on the annual survey, we are happy to offer an additional enhancement: two Common Access Card (CAC) readers will be set up in each community center’s computer lab.
The computers and CAC readers are a company-wide improvement. So no matter which Corvias community you call home, you will have a consistent resident experience. As always, thank you for your thoughtful and honest feedback. We look forward to continuing to serve you, improve your quality of life and make Fort Sill a great place to live!
Winter weather in Oklahoma can be unpredictable at times and with the first snow fall already behind us, we want residents to be informed and prepared for the upcoming winter months.
Following a snow or ice storm, Corvias Military Living’s contractor will clear or treat all streets, public sidewalks and parking lots in each Neighborhood. A system is in place to clear main roads first to allow emergency vehicle access, and then proceed to clear all residential streets.
We request your patience and help during the times roadways are being treated by limiting travel. Additionally, to allow crews to safely and efficiently clear roadways, we ask that you remove all personal and guest vehicles from the street prior to anticipated snowfall. Please park vehicles in your driveway and avoid blocking sidewalks. Should you need additional parking, you may park your vehicle(s) in the Southern Plains Community Center parking lot.
Residents will be responsible for keeping their private porch, sidewalk and driveway free of snow and ice to avoid slips and falls. Complimentary salt is available at your Community Office.
Towards the end of December, 25 percent of Corvias Military Living residents will receive a housing survey in the mail. This is a prime opportunity for you and your family to tell us how well we are doing in meeting your on-post housing needs.
By completing and returning the survey and the enclosed prize entry form, you are eligible for a drawing to win one of six $100 Visa gift cards from Corvias Military Living.
Congratulations to the winners from the September 2013 survey drawing: the Rhodes family, the Steele family, the Reeves family, the Goodwin family, the Leitner family, and the Schuster family.
The holiday season is fast approaching and outdoor decorations in the housing areas are welcomed and encouraged. Please remember that outdoor holiday decorations can be displayed beginning the day after Thanksgiving and should be taken down no later than the end of the first week of January. If you use outdoor lights, make sure they have been certified for outdoor use. To hold them in place, string them through plastic holders. Never use nails, metal hooks, staples or tacks. Lights can be turned on at dusk and must be turned off by 11 p.m. daily or when you are away from the home to help conserve energy and for safety. Please contact the Community Office if you have any questions or concerns regarding holiday decorations.
For many, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. However, the holidays can also be a stressful time of year. The pressure of juggling gift buying, holiday parties, preparing the perfect meal, traveling or entertaining houseguests can be difficult to manage.
Don’t let the demands of the season hinder your holiday cheer. Here are some tips to help prevent holiday stress:
- Plan ahead. Make a plan and schedule days for cooking and baking, shopping, preparing your home, and other events or activities. You can use helpful apps on your smartphone for creating to- do lists, shopping lists or locating that much sought after gift.
- Budget. Set a budget and stick to it. Decide in advance how much you can afford to spend. Remember to budget not only for gifts, but for the additional food you will buy for your holiday meal and baking. This will help reduce financial stress after the holidays.
- Take care of yourself. Take time to do something relaxing. Take a long hot bath, get a massage or listen to your favorite music. Make sure to get sleep. Exercise. Eat healthy.
- Give back. The holiday season is the perfect time to give back to the community. Contact local agencies and organizations for volunteer opportunities.
- Get support. If the holiday season is a difficult time for you, and you have feelings of loneliness or sadness reach out for help. Army Community Service and the Chaplains offer services, counseling and support not only during the holiday season but the whole year.
Remember to focus on what is most important this holiday season and that everything does not need to be perfect. Managing stress will help you enjoy the upcoming holidays and remember the real meaning of the season.
Your community calendar can help you stay up-to-date on trash, recycling, lawn care, resident events and community activities.
You can even sync your community calendar with a personal Google calendar by clicking on the +Google button on the bottom right-hand corner of the calendar.
- December 3 – Post Tree Lighting and Tis The Season, 6 p.m., McNair Hall
- December 4 – All Corvias Offices open at 10:30 a.m.
- December 7 – Christ Kindl Markt, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Rhinehart Fitness Center
- December 8 – Christ Kindl Markt, 12 – 5 p.m., Rhinehart Fitness Center
- December 13 – All Corvias Offices will close at 4 p.m.
- December 24 – Christmas Eve – Community Offices open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- December 25 – Christmas Day – All Corvias Offices Closed
Decorating homes for the holidays is a long standing tradition for many families and we would like to share some great tips with all of our military families to help prevent any potential of fire or injuries.
The National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration estimate holiday decorations cause almost 400 home fires each year, resulting in many losses of life as well as millions in property damage.
Following a few simple fire safety tips can help prevent holiday décor from creating an unwanted event. The tips below will help ensure that everyone has a wonderful & safe holiday season.
What is a traditional Christmas morning without a beautifully decorated tree? If your home includes a natural tree in its festivities, please make sure to keep the tree watered on a daily basis. A well-watered tree can help prevent a fire in the event of an electrical short in the lights or an open flame happens to come in contact with the tree.
When making your tree selection it has been found that one of the best trees to select is a fresh cut tree with green needles, branches should be hard to pull back and do not break. The trunk of the tree should be sticky to the touch.
Caring for a tree:
When choosing the perfect place to display the tree remembers to make sure it is placed in a location that is not close to a heat source. The heat will dry out the tree quickly, which may lead to a higher risk of an unwanted fire.
When the time comes to dispose of the Christmas tree make sure to discard it promptly by taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick up service.
When putting up lights for the holidays please inspect your lights for any problems such as frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and if any of these things are found please discard these lights and do not use them.
More than three light strands in one outlet can cause an overload to the outlets. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Periodically check the wires of the lights to ensure they are not warm to the touch. It is also important to not leave lights on for long periods of time if no one is home.
There are many flame-retardant decorations available for purchase for the holidays and always make sure decorations are placed away from heat vents.
Ensure that trees and other holiday decorations are not displayed in locations that would block exits to the home is case of an emergency situation.
Please never leave a candle burning unattended. A nice option to open flame candles are battery –operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
Ensure candles are placed in a location that prevents them from being easily tipped over. Keep all candles at least 12 inch away from any flammable items. Avoid using candles in bedrooms or sleeping areas.
As we are all aware, fires can start any time of year. There is an increased risk during the holiday season. Please be safe and have a wonderful holiday season.
If you are planning a vacation or extended time away from your home, consider registering your home for House Watch with your Community Office. When you register your home, the Community team will make a routine check of the property and can take appropriate actions as needed.
Water has a unique property -- it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the "strength" of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hoses, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets. Also, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:
- Remove, drain and store hoses used outdoors.
- Close inside valves supplying outdoor faucets. Then, open the outside faucet to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
- Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located and are in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated. A hot water supply line can freeze just as a cold water supply line can freeze if the water is not running through the pipe and the water temperature in the pipe is cold.
- Call your Neighborhood Office if you have pipes that need to be insulated.
During Cold Weather, Take Preventive Action
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
- When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.
For more information, please contact your Community Office.
Content provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency