- Happy holidays!
- How to discard your Christmas tree
- Corvias Foundation applications are now available
- Green Corner
- Don’t let stress get in the way of your holiday cheer
- Fire safety tips for the holidays
- Inclement weather necessities
- Stay in-the-know with your community's calendar!
- December special office hours
The holiday season is officially here! We hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving with family and friends. Thank YOU for being our residents.
Corvias's first Fallapalooza event was held on Saturday, November 9. We had such a fantastic turnout. Be sure to check your monthly e-newsletter for information on your next resident event!
Speaking of events, you may have spotted some of us with the Corvias van (and candy!) at the Santa Parade on Sunday, December 1. We had a blast participating in this event.
This year will bring your first winter and holiday season with Corvias. As a result, this month’s e-newsletter focuses on some helpful information to keep in mind over the next few months. Should you have any questions, we are always here to help you. Happy holidays!
Corvias Military Living
Thank you for placing your Christmas tree on the curb on your bulk trash day. You may do so on weekdays from December 26 through January 15. Don’t forget to remove all tinsel, lights, and other decorations before discarding your tree.
Corvias Foundation is now accepting scholarship and grant applications from active-duty service members’ children and spouses! Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more, including how to apply.
Switch to LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights! LED holiday lights use about 90 percent less energy than traditional minilights.
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, 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 also 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 enough 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/or you have feelings of loneliness or sadness, reach out for help. The Airman and Family Readiness Center 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.
Decorating homes for the holidays is a long-standing tradition. We would like to share some great tips to help prevent any potential fire or injuries.
The National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration estimate holiday decorations cause almost 400 home fires each year. The below tips will help ensure that everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday season.
- If your home has a natural Christmas tree, water the tree on a daily basis. A well-watered tree can help prevent a fire in the event of an electrical short in the lights or if an open flame happens to come in contact with the tree.
- When choosing your tree, it has been found that a freshly cut tree with green needles is the best option; branches should be hard to pull back and should not break. The trunk of the tree should be sticky.
- Display your tree away from a heat source. Heat will quickly dry out the tree, which may lead to a higher risk of a fire.
- Promptly discard your Christmas tree by placing it on your curb on bulk trash day. We will remove the tree for you on weekdays between December 26 and January 15.
- When putting up holiday lights, inspect your lights for any frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, and broken or cracked sockets. If any of these things are found, discard the lights.
- 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. Turn off your holiday lights when no one is home.
- Purchase flame-retardant decorations. Place all decorations away from heat vents.
- Ensure that trees and other holiday decorations are not displayed in locations that would block your home’s exits in case of an emergency situation.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended. One alternative 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 inches away from any flammable items. Avoid using candles in bedrooms.
Please be safe, and happy holidays.
Winter is just around the corner. Are you ready for snow, ice, or sleet?
Below is a list of Emergency Preparedness Kit Essentials recommended by the National Hurricane Center. These items will be helpful in the event of any emergency, including winter’s inclement weather:
- Battery-powered radio and NOAA weather radio
- Flashlight with backup batteries
- Bottled water – at least one gallon per person per day for 3 to 7 days
- Cash – credit cards may not work due to power outages
- Clothing – rain/snow gear, sturdy shoes
- First-aid kit, medicines, prescription drugs
- Toiletries, hygiene items, and wet wipes
- Telephones – fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional non-cordless telephone set
- Food – non-perishable packaged or canned foods
- Non-electric can opener
- Cooking tools, fuel for an outdoor grill
- Paper plates
- Toys, books and games
- Important documents – in a re-sealable plastic bag
- Tools – keep a set with you during the storm
- Vehicle fuel tanks filled
- Emergency contact numbers
- Contact information for insurance providers
Want to know what is happening in your community? 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 6 – Corvias Community Office closes at 3:30 p.m.
- December 24 – Christmas Eve – Corvias Community Office open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- December 25 – Christmas Day – Corvias Community Office Closed
- December 31 – Corvias Community Office open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- January 1 – New Year’s Day – Corvias Community Office Closed