A sense of community is one of the most important factors in building ready and resilient service members and families. In the military community, support from others is the best resource in helping to face daily stressors, including feelings of isolation caused by being away from friends and family, long duty hours, financial stress and other challenges.
It is important for the military community to recognize when someone they care for is distancing themselves from their loved ones, their unit, or when their behavior is a source of concern. Some additional signs of someone contemplating suicide can include giving away personal belongings or other actions as obvious as saying final goodbyes.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) – press ‘1’ for the Military Crisis Line or send a text to 838255. You can also visit www.militarycrisisline.net.
The Fort Sill Military Community also has several local resources to help Service Members and their families to include the Chaplains at (580) 442-3302 during normal business hours or at (580) 442-3240/3241 after duty hours.
If you or someone you know is talking about suicide get them assistance immediately with these three steps – Ask, Care, and Escort. Ask your loved one if they are thinking of killing themselves. Care for your loved one – actively listen to show understanding, remove any means that could be used for self-injury. Escort your loved one – never leave them alone! Escort them to their chain of command, a chaplain, a behavioral health professional, or primary care provider.
The U.S. Marine Corps Artillery Detachment is sponsoring the 24th Annual Devil Dog Run Saturday, Sept. 9, at 8 a.m. The run will begin in front of the Fort Sill New Post Chapel. To participate in the 10k, 5k or one mile fun run, click here for registration.
Come enjoy the pool for the last few days this summer! Labor Day will be the end of pool season for all Corvias community pools. The pools will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Labor Day, September 4 – weather permitting.
At Corvias Military Living, we do our best to improve your quality of life and overall housing experience. To us, this means making your life easier and taking chores off your plate when we can. As part of this, Corvias Military Living provides commercial lawn mowing services at no additional charge. These seasonal services are provided by Munie Greencare, an established leader in the commercial lawn mowing business. During the growth season, mowing in your community will be completed bi-weekly to weekly as grass growth rates require.
Check your resident calendar online for your scheduled lawn care. Please keep in mind, however, that inclement weather may require adjustments to your regular lawn mowing schedule. If you have questions about your lawn mowing services, please contact your Community Office.
How to Prepare Your Yard for Mowing:
Remove toys, trash, patio furniture, grills and trampolines from all grassy areas on your lawn mowing day or the day before. Unprepared lawns will not be mowed.
Remove pet waste from your yard. Crews will not mow lawns that contain pet waste.
Remove decorative items such as solar lights, on your lawn mowing day. Crews will not trim around items that may be easily damaged.
Place pets indoors on your lawn mowing day, to ensure their safety.
Ensure that your backyard fence is unlocked to allow crews to access your yard. After lawn mowing has been completed, make sure your fence is closed before allowing your pet to re-enter your yard.
No mow option
We understand you may prefer to maintain your own lawn. If you do, please contact your Community Office, so we can provide your home with a special marker to display, and our lawn mowing crews will know to skip your lawn. If you choose to place your home on the no-mow list, you will be expected to cut and trim your lawn as often as—and at least to the standard of—our commercial lawn mowing service.
Here are ideas and insights from your natural gas service provider, to keep your family safe.
Bike riding is a lot of fun, but accidents can happen. That’s why it’s so important for you and your children to wear bike helmets each time you ride a bike, even for short rides. The helmet should have a sticker that says it meets standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and should fit properly. It should not be too small or too big or be worn with a hat. It should be worn level and cover the forehead. The straps should always be fastened and snug enough that you can’t pull or twist the helmet around on your head. If your child doesn’t love his bike helmet, encourage him to personalize it with some of his favorite stickers. Reflective stickers are a great choice because they look cool and make the rider more visible to vehicle drivers. Source: kidshealth.org B
As we move into fall heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning system (HVAC) filters should be changed out in conjunction with the changing weather.
HVACs recirculate indoor air; filters keep things like dust and debris from entering the system. Keeping an HVAC clean increases the longevity of the system and keeps efficiency high. Corvias Military Living recommends changing filters every 30 days.
Fall is the worst time of year for those who suffer from ragweed allergies. Ragweed pollen and other allergens, dust mites and pet dander are trapped by HVAC filters. Replacement filters are available by request. Contact your local Community Center for details.
Corvias military housing is partnering with Nye Library to help the community discover the fun resources they have on Fort Sill. Find out where and how to utilize the Southern Plains Community Center and bring the kids for a fun event with stories, crafts, and a game provided by Nye Library!
Story hour will be hosted every 3rd Thursday at the Southern Plains Community Center. Please bring your preschoolers out to enjoy.
The beginning of the school year brings concerns for many children and parents. Good grades, getting enough sleep and getting along with teachers and other students are all important. Many kids are excited to go back to school after summer break. But for a child that has been bullied before in the past, returning to school can be very stressful.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly a third of all children report having been bullied in school. Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive or covert behaviors. Bullying can occur in the form of verbal, social, cyber or physical harassment.
As a parent, talk to your child about how they can stand up and prevent bullying. Be familiar with the schools bullying policy and prevention efforts. Preventing and stopping bullying involves a commitment to creating a safe environment where children can thrive, socially and academically, without being afraid.
Remind your child to:
Be kind to the kid being bullied. Show them that you care by trying to include them. Sit with them at lunch or on the bus, talk to them at school, or invite them to do something. Just hanging out with them will help them know they aren’t alone.
Treat everyone with respect
Stop and think before you say or do something that could hurt someone
Challenge others to be kind
If you would like more information on bullying check out the following resources:
Keep your refrigerator and freezer at the right temperature. The refrigerator should be between 38° F and 42° F and the freezer between 0° F and 5° F.
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.
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Sept. 4th – Happy Labor Day: Community Offices will be closed
Sept. 4th – Last Day of Pool Season
Sept. 6th – Community Offices will open 10am
Sept. 9th – Devil Dog Run
Sept. 16th - 2017 Fort Sill Multi-Gun Championship
Sept. 20th - Community Offices will open 10am
Sept. 21st – Story Hour 10am at Southern Plains Community Center