- SatisFacts survey winner
- Pet policy update
- Holiday decoration removal
- Heart your home: Ways to overcome cabin fever
- Keeping resolutions on track
- Did you know…
- Scoop the poop
- Winter driving tips
- $50,000 scholarships and $5,000 grants available
- Prevent frozen pipes – let the faucet drip
- Troops to Teachers
- Live Army Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood?
Congratulations to the Fort Bragg SatisFacts survey winner! Alexis Green was chosen at random to receive a $400 gift card for completing and returning the SatisFacts survey.
Families living on post received a housing survey from SatisFacts via e-mail late last year to determine resident satisfaction. The data collected from residents helps Corvias improve your experience living on post.
The SatisFacts survey is for all types of residential management companies. Corvias Military Living has earned a superior rating from SatisFacts the past seven years and has also achieved the highest score for companies with at least 10,000 homes six times.
Fort Bragg is a pet-friendly installation, but did you know that pet-related damages are the number one cause of fees assessed at move out? To help incentivize more responsible pet ownership and reduce property damage, some new fees and deposits are being required for new pets. Starting Jan. 1, 2014, a $150 refundable pet deposit and a $150 non-refundable fee will be required for new pets on Fort Bragg.
We realize that some of you may have obtained a new pet for Christmas or may not have properly registered your pets. In order to encourage the proper registration of these pets, an amnesty program has been put in place. Accordingly, current residents will have an opportunity to avoid the charges by registering their pet(s) with both their Corvias Community Office and the Installation Veterinary Facilities by midnight, Feb. 28, 2015. During this special amnesty period, existing residents who register their permitted pets will be grandfathered and will not be required to pay the new fees and deposits. Beginning March 1, 2015, however, all residents found to have unregistered pets and those who obtain new pets will be required to pay the fee and deposit.
Finally, Dobermans and Chows have also been added to the restricted breed list for Fort Bragg. This change is being made to ensure full compliance with Department of the Army and Department of Defense regulations. Other breeds of dogs on the restricted list include: full or mixed-breed Pit Bulls, American Staffordshire Bull Terriers, English Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Rottweilers, and wolf hybrids. These breeds are prohibited from Fort Bragg/Pope Air Field family housing areas.
Please review the Pet Policy in the Resident Responsibility Guide if you have additional questions.
To help in energy conservation holiday lighting decorations should be limited to the hours of 5 to 11 p.m. All decorations should be removed from the exterior of the homes 15 days after the holiday. This provides everyone ample time to take down their decorations and store them. If you have any questions regarding the policy on decorations please refer to the Resident Responsibility Guide (RRG).
By Mark Nettles, Corvias Military Living
I was in my early 20s when I first observed cabin fever. I was living at the top of the world in Fairbanks, Alaska. It was winter and the darkness, cold weather and isolation had plunged my roommate into a deep funk. This was his first winter in Alaska and first Christmas away from home. He had lost interest in his favorite activities, sleep too much and put on some extra pounds. Nothing seemed to shake him from his depression.
He was suffering from cabin fever, or as others call it, winter blues, seasonal sadness, winter malaise or "Seasonal Affective Disorder" (SAD). This condition is not limited to northern climates like Alaska and can occur anywhere the seasons change. Even people in places like sunny Louisiana or Southern California can suffer from this affliction, but it becomes extremely rare in those living closer to the equator.
Eventually my roommate recovered from his affliction, but he was not alone in his suffering. According to Mental Health America more than half a million people suffer from SAD each year. Most sufferers are women and the symptoms usually develop between 18 and 30 years of age.
Military family members are subjected to frequent relocations to some very different places. You may not always be able to choose where to live, but there are several ways to treat cabin fever. WebMD offers these suggestions on helping to overcome SAD:
- Get Outside – When symptoms are mild, spending time outdoors during the day can be helpful. Get outside when the sun is brightest and open your blinds to let in as much natural light as possible.
- Stay Active – Make a plan for fun exercise, large projects, hobbies and social events to keep you active in the winter. Weekend warrior projects like organizing the pantry, catching up on laundry, or re-organizing a closet can help reduce the symptoms of cabin fever.
- Light Therapy – Light therapy consists of daily exposure to a light box that simulates high-intensity sunlight. Light helps to regulate melatonin and serotonin in our body. Serotonin keeps a person alert and full of energy. Melatonin regulates the body’s sleep patterns. These two hormones help keep us rested and active.
- Medical Care – Sometimes cabin fever requires professional medical care antidepressant medication or counseling. It is normal to feel down from time-to-time, but if you feel down for days at a time, think about suicide or abuse alcohol or other substances, see your doctor.
Maintaining an active and social lifestyle can help keep cabin fever at bay and make most winters bearable. Luckily most sufferers improve quickly in the spring, over a period of a week or so. Some people even develop great bursts of energy and creativity in the spring. Until spring comes, get up, get out and get social.
Setting a New Year’s resolution January 1 is easy, but sticking with it for the next 364 days can be tough. Service members and their families have a resource to help keep those resolutions going in 2014.
Military One Source, a one stop shop of information, resources and tools, provides assistance to help the military and family members in any aspect of life. The most popular areas include work-life balance, a healthier lifestyle and relationship improvement.
In addition to the information available Military One Source offers free and confidential non-medical counseling. For your convenience, counseling is available in person, online or by telephone. Counselors address everyday stressors, relationship concerns, deployment and reintegration, financial management and many other issues.
To learn more about the services offered by Military One Source go to: www.militaryonesource.mil or call (800) 342-9647.
The Live Army Green program is mandated by the Department of Defense with the goal to reduce the overall energy consumption at military installations. All homes at Fort Bragg are enrolled in the program.
Under the program, occupied homes that are the same, or similar, are grouped together and the utilities are averaged to determine a baseline. The baseline is averaged monthly, so current weather conditions are automatically factored in. Further, vacant homes are not included in this calculation.
Once the baseline is established, a buffer zone is added above and below the average. When a resident's use falls within the buffer zone, the resident will receive a "no action required" statement, but when a family uses less than the baseline and buffer zone they receive a rebate reward. Most households fall in the categories of “no action required” or “rebate.”
Families consuming above the buffer zone will receive a "balance due" notice on their statement, meaning a payment is due to supplement their energy usage.
If you regularly receive a “balance due” statement, here are some tips to reduce your energy consumption:
- Use natural light whenever possible.
- Try to keep your fridge and freezer full. They will use less electricity.
- Unplug phone, laptop and other device chargers when not in use.
- 80 to 90 percent of energy used to wash clothes is used to heat the water. To save energy, consider washing your clothes in cold water.
- Replace the air filter in your home every 30 days. Air filters are available at your community office for no cost.
- Set your thermostat fan to “auto” instead of “on.” This ensures your home heats or cools only when necessary.
- Use a power strip to keep electronic devices from using standby power.
For more information about the Live Army Green program, please visit our website’s Live Army Green page. If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact your Community Office.
Let’s face it, dog poop is a nuisance. It smells. It gets on your shoes. It upsets your neighbors. It’s the unglamorous side of being a pet owner and yet, as a pet owner it is still your responsibility to pick up after your pet in your yard, on sidewalks and on walking trails.
Many people think that it’s ok to leave the poop and let nature take its course. The truth is, dog waste actually bio-degrades slowly on its own, and in winter months, if the poop freezes it’s next to impossible to remove, causing it to remain for weeks or even months! So do your part, and scoop the poop!
Winter weather creates inconveniences and hazardous conditions. Below are a few simple, winter weather driving tips:
- Decrease speed: The posted speed limits are designated for dry pavement, decrease speed when driving in hazardous road conditions.
- Refrain from using cruise control: Roads that appear clear can have isolated icy spots and the lightest touch of your brakes to deactivate cruise control can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
- Watch for icy surfaces on bridges and overpasses: Even when the rest of the road appears to be in good condition, bridges and overpasses frost over with ice first.
- Clear snow and ice from vehicles: Completely clear all windows and lights of snow and ice - even the hood and roof - before driving.
- Leave plenty of room for stopping and brake early: It takes more time to stop when roads are wet or icy and braking suddenly may result in them locking up.
Spread the word! Deadlines for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants for children and spouses of active-duty service members are coming up soon. Applications for high school seniors are due Feb. 12 and applications for spouses are due May 7. Applications are available online at corviasfoundation.org.
Keeping your pipes from freezing in the winter is easy and can save you from having a soggy season. If the temperatures are expected to fall below freezing let your faucets drip and open the cabinets beneath kitchen and bathroom sinks.
Pipes under sinks may not be insulated. Opening the cabinets circulates warm air from your home and helps prevent pipe bursts. Be sure to relocate any hazardous cleaning materials out of reach from small children.
Turn off and drain your outside hose faucets. Leaving a hose connected to a spigot can result in water freezing the pipes inside your walls. When the exterior hose faucets are turned on, they will attempt to push water through and past any frozen sections, leading to an inevitable breaking of the pipes or hose and flooding inside your walls.
The Troops to Teachers program is offering an information briefing for military members, veterans, National Guard members, reservists and retirees. The event will be at the Bragg Training and Education Center, Building 1-3571, in the F Wing Auditorium, on Jan. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. The briefing will inform attendees about the teaching profession, the steps required to earn a teaching license, and employment opportunities in public education.”
Open draperies and blinds to allow warm sunlight to enter in daylight hours. Close draperies and blinds at night to maintain heat.
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
- Jan. 1: All offices closed
- Jan. 5: Learn to Ice Skate, Six week course, click here for more information
- Jan. 13: Youth sports registration, call (910) 908-2619 for more information
- Jan. 16: Ski trip to Sugar Mountain, click here to register
- Jan. 16: Last day of Christmas tree disposal
- Jan. 19: All offices closed
- Jan. 21: Troops to Teachers briefing, Building 1-3571, F Wing Auditorium, 1 to 3 p.m.