- Message from the Program Manager
- Scholarship applications due this month
- Moisture control tips for your home
- Resident spotlight
- Some fun facts about Valentine’s Day
- Escape planning: House fires
- Finances, savings and taxes
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood?
- Living with coyotes
Can you believe January is already behind us? This means we are one step closer to the exciting new changes coming to Eglin AFB in 2015.
Construction is progressing in the Plew Landing neighborhood where we will be delivering our first new homes. Resident will soon begin to notice the expansion of the construction site as the site development progresses. The first new homes are scheduled to be delivered toward the end of the year. Once the entire project is complete, Eglin AFB will have 747 new homes, a new community center with swimming pool and several new amenities throughout the neighborhoods including playgrounds, walking trails and a bark park for your pets.
I hope you are as excited about the progress as I am. These changes will significantly improve the quality of life for all of the service members and families living on Eglin AFB.
We appreciate the opportunity to serve our military families and to be a part of all the positive changes taking place within the Eglin AFB community.
Don’t forget! Applications for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships for children of active-duty service members are due Thursday, February 12. The application is available online at corviasfoundation.org. $5,000 Educational Grants for spouses are due May 7.
Moisture control is important in every home year-round. This is especially true in Florida where humidity is an issue all year. Below are a few tips that can go a long way in ensuring moisture is minimized in your home:
- Be sure to keep your doors and windows closed in damp or rainy weather conditions.
- Periodically clean and dry the walls and floors around your sinks, bathtubs, toilets, windows and exterior doors. Use a common household disinfecting cleaner when cleaning these areas.
- Wipe down and dry areas where moisture often accumulates, including counter-tops, windows and windowsills.
- Use your bathroom fan while bathing or showering. Keep the fan on until all excess moisture has left the bathroom area.
Please contact your community office as soon as possible should you notice a water leak or a moisture spot that cannot be removed by wiping the area with a common household cleaner.
Our spotlight award winner is MSgt Deserie Jackson. Spotlight Awards are given to residents who demonstrate pride in their home and community. Examples of this may be keeping a tidy home, enhancing landscaping around your home or helping another resident out. Thank you for making Eglin AFB a great place to live!
If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day present for that special someone, here is how the holiday is celebrated by the numbers:
- Cards: About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
- Parents: Receive one out of every five valentines.
- Pets: About 3 percent of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.
- Flowers: Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year.
- Chocolate: More than 36 million heart shaped chocolates boxes are sold on the eve of Valentine’s Day.
- Proposals: The average number of wedding proposals taking place on Valentine’s Day is 220,000 and it is 10 percent of the total marriage proposals taking place in a year.
Plan ahead! If a fire breaks out in your home, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.
- According to a National Fire Protection Association survey, only one of every three American households have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
- While 71 percent of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 47 percent of those have practiced it.
- One-third of American households who made an estimate thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8 percent said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!
- Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
- Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading to the outside open easily.
- Have an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole or mailbox) a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.
- Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year.
- Practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Close doors behind you as you leave.
If the alarm sounds
- If the smoke/carbon monoxide alarm sounds, get out and stay out. Never go back inside for people or pets.
- If you have to escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.
- Call the fire department from outside your home.
Military Saves Week begins Feb. 23! Saving your hard-earned money year-round is a great way to ensure your family’s financial preparedness. Take this week to review your saving plans. Set your goals, even small one, and start saving now. For more information, please visit www.militarysaves.org to review savings tips, tools, resources, and strategies.
It is important to recognize that, despite your savings plans, there may still be financial emergencies that cost more than your nest egg can cover. If you are ever in an unexpected financial emergency, the Air Force Aid Society can help. The Society can assist with living expenses, emergency travel, vehicle expenses, funeral expenses and other emergencies. For more information, please visit www.afas.org.
The Military OneSource no-cost, online tax preparation and filling service has launched. If you are eligible under the Military OneSource program, you can complete, save and file your 2014 federal and up to three state returns with a custom tool made available through the Military OneSource website.
Replace the air filter in your home every 30 days. Air filters are available at your community office for no additional cost.
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
Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day
Feb. 16: President’s Day, all Corvias Military Living offices are open
Coyotes are brownish gray in color with light gray or cream colored belly. They have erect pointed ears with a slender muzzle and bushy tail. They weigh between 20 and 45 pounds and are found in deserts, swamps, tundra, grasslands, brush, forests and even in the suburbs. Coyotes become bolder when living in urban areas and can be a threat to pets. Small dogs and pet cats are easy prey. Garbage cans are another easy food source.
Although they are mainly active at night, coyotes can be seen during daylight hours close to sunrise and sunset.
So what can you do to reduce the chance of having a coyote conflict?
- First, never feed coyotes!
- Eliminate water sources near your home.
- Place bird feeders out of reach.
- Secure garbage containers.
- Feed pets indoors when possible and store pet food where coyotes cannot access it.
- Trim shrubbery near ground level to reduce hiding cover.
- Don’t leave small children unattended outside if coyotes have been seen in the area.
- Don’t allow pets to roam free, especially at night.
- Discourage coyotes from getting too comfortable and close to humans, pets, homes or buildings – shouting, loud noises or throwing rocks at them normally works. Coyotes generally will not challenge an adult human.
For additional information please read The Coyote: Florida’s Newest Predator from the University of Florida / IFAS.