- Celebrate with us!
- Traveling for the holidays?
- Ravens and Household Trash
- Corvias Foundation grant and scholarship applications now available
- Green Corner
- Don’t let stress hinder your holiday cheer
- Fire safety tips for the holidays
- Want to know what is happening in your Neighborhood?
- Winter Pet Care
We hope you will join in the festivities and celebrate the holiday season with your neighbors and the Corvias team as we host our “Tis The Season” event for all on-base family housing residents. Bring the family to the Eielson Community Center on Saturday, December 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy a variety of fun-filled holiday activities. The event will feature holiday crafts, cookie decorating, games, photos with Santa and complimentary snacks. Story time will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. featuring The Night before Christmas and the movie Polar Express will begin at 12:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please contact your Community Office.
With the holidays around the corner and temperatures well below zero, we encourage you to take advantage of our free resident services.
Corvias is pleased to offer Sensaphone temperature monitoring systems for use while you are away from your home for an extended period of time. The Sensaphone system monitors the interior temperature of your home and will alert the Corvias maintenance team if the temperature drops below a set point.
In addition to the Sensaphone, you can register your home with the Community Office for House Watch. By registering for House Watch, the Community team will make a routine check of the property and can take appropriate actions as needed.
We offer these services to help provide peace of mind while you travel and will allow our team to catch any potential issues before they become emergencies.
Ravens love to “hunt” for food in trash receptacles…and make a big mess while they are at it. To help protect against this nuisance, please do not overfill your trash containers and ensure the lids are properly secured. In addition, all containers must be stored in the garages before and after the scheduled pick-up day.
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 or to apply for scholarships and educational grants from Corvias Foundation.
When shopping for a new appliance, how do you know if it is energy efficient? Look for the ENERGY STAR label.
Don’t let stress hinder your holiday cheer
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. Follow these 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 and to 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.
Fire Safety Tips for the Holidays
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.
Want to know what is happening in your Neighborhood?
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 14 – Tis The Season, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Eielson Community Center
- December 24 – Christmas Eve – Community Office open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- December 25 – Christmas Day – All Corvias Offices Closed
Cold weather can be hard on pets, just like it can be hard on people. Sometimes owners forget that their pets are just as accustomed to the warm shelter of the indoors as they are. Leaving animals outside for extended periods of time can put them in danger of serious illness. There are things you can do to keep your animal warm and safe.
· Take your animals for a winter check-up now. Your veterinarian can check to make sure your pets don't have any medical problems that will make them more vulnerable to the cold.
· Keep your pets inside as much as you can when the mercury drops. If you have to take them out, stay outside with them. When you're cold enough to go inside, they probably are too. If you absolutely must leave them outside for a significant length of time, make sure they have a warm, solid shelter against the wind, thick bedding and plenty of non-frozen water. Try leaving out a hot water bottle, wrapped in a towel so it won't burn your pet's skin.
· Animals that are not generally in good health shouldn't be exposed to winter weather for a long period of time. Very young and very old animals are vulnerable to the cold as well. Regardless of their health, though, no pets should stay outside for unlimited amounts of time in freezing cold weather. If you have any questions about how long your pet should be out this winter, ask your veterinarian.
· Pets that go outside can pick up rock salt, ice and chemical ice melts in their foot pads. To keep your pet's pads from getting chapped and raw, wipe her feet with a washcloth when she comes inside.
· When you're outside with your pets during the winter, you can watch them for signs of discomfort with the cold. If they whine, shiver, seem anxious, slow down or stop moving, or start to look for warm places to burrow, they're saying they want to get back someplace warm.
Winter can be a beautiful time of year. If you take some precautions, you and your pet can have a fabulous time taking in the icicles, the snow banks and the warm, glowing fire at the end of the day.
Source: American Animal Hospital Association