- What to do when you’re ready to move?
- Be severe weather prepared
- How to prevent a fire in your home
- It’s quarterly survey time!
- Make the most of your education with Corvias!
- Getting your picky eater to try healthy foods
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your Community?
Getting ready to PCS? Deploy? Retire? Make sure to stop by the Community Office to provide a 30-day notice, along with a copy of your orders.
- Ensure you have a smooth transition by following these steps once you are ready to move:
- Complete a Notice to Vacate Form and schedule a final inspection at least 30 days prior to move out with your Community Office
- Attend a Move-Out Session Briefing with your Community Office
- All personal items should be removed from the home and the home should be left surface clean
If you have any questions about the move-out process, please stop by or call the Community Office and we’ll walk you through it.
Stay alert to the potential for rapidly changing weather conditions via local television, local radio or NOAA weather radio.
Prepare and plan in advance for severe weather. Perform drills with family members and neighbors to ensure everyone knows how to respond and where to go during severe weather.
Know where and when to take shelter:
- Tornado – basement, safe room, interior room or central shelter, take shelter immediately if a tornado warning is issued (tornado has been spotted in the local area), DUCK – Downstairs, Under cover, Center of house, Keep away from windows
- Thunderstorm – inside home or business, away from windows, seek shelter if warning is issued for local area
- Flooding – high ground, move toward high ground if flash flood warnings are issued for the local area
- Extreme Heat – inside air conditioned home or business during heat of the day, refrain from outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the summer months
Do not drive through low-lying areas or around barricades. You are liable if you ignore safety barricades and endanger yourself and others by driving through flooded roadways.
Stay hydrated and cool to prevent heat injuries during the summer months.
Stay away from windows and move inside if thunderstorms are in the area to prevent being struck by lightning.
- Severe Thunderstorms – Thunderstorms with high winds, hail and cloud to ground lightning, can form spring through early fall
- Tornadoes – violent rotating column of wind that can reach speeds of over 200 mph, form in thunderstorms generally spring and fall
- Flooding – heavy rainfall can cause localized flooding in low lying areas, can occur during any season if heavy rainfall occurs
- Extreme Heat – temperatures above 95oF for extended periods (can be several days) can occur during the summer months in Oklahoma
Fort Sill Tornado Shelter Information
Neighborhoods – use your own basement, nearest house with a basement or safe room or the nearest public shelter. Coordinate with neighbors to determine the closest access.
Public shelters are available when a tornado warning has been issued. Public shelter locations include:
- Snow Hall (Bldg 730), use north entrance
- RACH (Bldg 4300), use the north entrance
- Troop Billeting – use basement located in the building, an interior room on the lowest floor, or the nearest public shelter
- Units, Agencies, and Tenants – use basement in the building, an interior room on the lowest floor or the nearest public shelter
Smoking is the number one cause of preventable home fire deaths across the country. If you smoke or live with someone who smokes, learn the facts. Every year, men, women, and children are killed in home fires caused by smoking materials like cigarettes, cigars and pipes. A lit cigarette accidentally dropped onto a chair or bed can cause a large fire in seconds.
Home fires caused by smoking materials have killed others living in the same homes who were not smoking. If you live with a smoker, learn how you can help prevent fires caused by smoking materials. Putting out a cigarette the right way only takes seconds. It is up to you to make sure your cigarette is put out, all the way, every time.
According to the U.S. Fire administration about 1,000 people are killed every year from smoking material home fires. Of the fatal victims who were not the smokers 34% were children of the smokers, 25% were neighbors or friends of the smokers, and one in for people killed in home fires is not the smoker whose cigarettes caused the fire.
The Fort Sill Fire & Emergency Services would like to offer the following safety tips to make sure your home is safe from fires caused by smoking materials.
- The safest place to smoke is outside of the home. Use a sturdy ashtray or a can filled with sand to collect ashes.
- Use ashtrays with a wide, stable base that are hard to tip over.
- Ashtrays should be set on something sturdy and hard to ignite.
- Put it out, all the way and every time. The cigarette really needs to be completely stubbed out in the ashtray.
- Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away. Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash.
- Chairs and sofas catch on fire fast and burn fast. Don’t put ashtrays on them. If people have been smoking in the home, check for cigarettes under cushions.
- Never smoke while using oxygen or anywhere near an oxygen source, even if the source is turned off. Oxygen makes any fire burn hotter and faster.
- If you smoke, use reduced ignition strength cigarettes, commonly referred to as “fire-safe cigarettes.”
- If you are drowsy or falling asleep, put it out. Smoking in bed is just plain wrong.
- Ensure all smoke alarms are properly working throughout your home.
- Have an escape plan and practice it. Plan two ways to escape from every room. Practice the escape plan at least twice a year.
Towards the end of March, 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 five $100 Visa gift cards from Corvias Military Living.
Congratulations to the winners from the December 2014 survey drawing: the O'Neal family, the Medrano family, the Naputi family, the Williams family, the Andrada family, and the Melling family
Are you a military spouse with dreams of completing your college degree? Visit corviasfoundation.org for more information and to apply for a $5,000 Educational Grant.
March is National Nutrition Month. The focus of National Nutrition Month is to encourage healthy eating and physical activity habits. As a parent, making sure that our children eat right is one of the biggest concerns. With hectic schedules it is easy to turn to unhealthy choices out of convenience, especially when you have a picky eater.
Many experts agree on these five “tricks” to help get your favorite picky eater to try new, healthy foods:
- Don't make a big deal about it. If you announce "We're going to try something new tonight," your child will just translate that as "This is going to be disgusting; prepare to hate it." Instead, just set the plate down and let your kid explore it for herself.
- Make it fun. You've seen the cute pics: pancakes topped with smiley fruit faces, grilled cheese served in cookie-cutter shapes. Another winner is anything dunkable: Offer peanut butter or yogurt to dip fruit into, or some ranch dressing to go with steamed vegetables.
- Make it familiar. Incorporate the healthy stuff into dishes you know your child likes. If your child loves pizza, try adding vegetables. Got a muffin fan? Make a batch with blueberries or grated zucchini or carrots. Chicken-nugget chomper? Bake them with whole-grain bread crumbs.
- Talk it up. A kid couldn't care less about cholesterol or heart disease, but he will take notice if you tell him that doughnut won't give him enough energy to climb the jungle gym or keep up with his friend in the swimming pool.
- Eat it yourself. If you won't touch anything green, why should they? If they see you enjoying a big salad or a fish dish, they just may come around (well, eventually).
For more great tips and ideas visit: www.choosemyplate.gov.
Make sure your thermostat fan is set to "auto" instead of "on." This will ensure your home heats or cools only when necessary.
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.
Upcoming events and important dates
- Mar.5- 3 Mile Thursday, 302 W. Gore Blvd, 5:30 p.m.
- Mar.6- Family Friend’s Dinner, Patriot Club, 6-8 p.m.
- Mar.12- Helping your Baby Through Play,Graham Resiliency Training Center; Explores Room, 9:30-10:30 p.m.
- Mar.13- Pop Over to See Us (Popcorn Friday), Community Centers
- Mar.20- Financial Planning for PCS Moves, Bldg. 4700- Room 154N10-11 a.m.
- Mar.23- Story Hour, Old Calvary Post Community Center, 3:30 -4:30 p.m.
- Mar.24- FAP Annual Troop Training, Sheridan Road Theater, 9-10 a.m.