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- Don’t miss the Corvias Foundation scholarship and grant application deadline
- Fire safety tips for your home
- Waste Management prohibited items
- It is tax season and the Fort Bragg tax center is ready to help
- Spring flower bed clean up
- 5 tips for controlling moisture for mold prevention
- Military Saves week
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Dear Fort Bragg Families,
The Department of Defense (DoD) has changed the calculation for BAH and with that, renter’s insurance is no longer part of BAH. As a result of this change, Corvias no longer offers renter’s insurance to incoming residents effective April 1, 2015. Residents who moved in on or after this date are responsible for securing their own renter’s insurance policy.
How Does this Affect Me?
Based on the criteria above you may no longer have the renter’s insurance policy that has been previously provided through Corvias Military Living which included $20,000 personal property and $100,000 liability per occurrence with $50,000 on fire legal liability. The deductible on personal property was $500 and the liability deductible is $0.
What Should I do?
We recommend all residents obtain renter’s insurance immediately. The appropriate amount of renter’s insurance coverage is a personal decision that should be based on the value of your personal belongings.
Why Should I do it?
A renter’s insurance policy provides protection for personal property up to 20 types of loss that can create a financial burden for many families. Take a look at the example below of an actual loss which occurred as the result of a fire started by cooking on a stove.
**You could be liable for Fire Legal Liability of up to $50,000.**
As you can see, having a typical renter’s insurance policy purchased from USAA or another reputable insurance carrier can save thousands of dollars in what could be one of the most stressful times of your life. The following is a list of USAA representatives servicing the areas near you if you would like to call to discuss purchasing a policy.
- Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Meade, Md., Ronney Wright, 757-472-9105 or Ronney.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fort Bragg, N.C., Dennis King, 803-445-434 or Dennis.email@example.com
- Fort Polk, La., Craig (Russell) Howell, 228-238-4344 or Russell.Howell@usaa.com
- Fort Riley and McConnell AFB, Kan., Joe Romans, 785-213-6892 or Joe.Romans@usaa.com
- Fort Rucker, Ala., Chris Glennon, 850-624-8300 or Chris.Glennon@usaa.com
- Fort Sill, Okla., Gary Thompson, 405-315-1668 or Gary.Thompson1@usaa.com
- Edwards AFB, Calif., Eric Page, 951-318-2334 or Eric.Page@usaa.com
- Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field, Fla., Chris Glennon, 850-624-8300 or Chris.Glennon@usaa.com
- Eielson AFB, Alaska, Mike Sevy, 253-315-2449 or Michael.Sevy@usaa.com
- Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., Jim Lewis, 910-467-4540 or Jim.Lewis@usaa.com
We appreciate you cooperation and understanding as we go through this transition. For all questions and concerns, please call your Community Office.
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Feb 6, 13, & 20 - Romantic Getaway. 1 night stays in one of the rustic log cabins at Smith Lake Recreation Area.
Feb 7 – Superbowl Sunday at Sports USA.
Feb 12 – Ski trip to Sugar Mountain Resort. Payment for the trip is due by Feb 8.
Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day
Feb 15 – President’s Day – All Corvias Military Offices will be open and operating on normal hours.
Feb 20 – Ski trip to Appalachian Ski Mountain. Payment for the trip is due by Feb 15.
Feb 20 – Dueling Pianos at Sports USA from 8-10PM.
Feb 22 – Feb 27 – Military Saves Week
Feb 26 – Operation Imagination Explores from 10am-3pm at Throckmorton Library.
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 February 11 and applications for spouses are due May 5. Applications are available online at corviasfoundation.org.
1. Have a class ABC fire extinguisher in your kitchen. A fire extinguisher is provided with each of our homes and should be kept within close vicinity to the stove or outside if grilling outdoors.
2. The most common reason for a grease fire is leaving a hot pan unattended. Keep your eye on it at all times.
3. If grease is smoking, it is too hot. The flash point of a grease fire is 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease will smoke furiously before it ignites. If you notice smoke, turn the heat down immediately.
4. Keep cookbooks, towels, paper towels, and anything flammable away from the stove. A grease fire can quickly turn into a bigger fire if it catches onto other flammable materials.
5. If your pan does catch fire, the best way to combat a grease fire is to smoother it. Use an oven mitt and place the pan’s lid on top of the pan. Never throw water on the fire or try to run it to the sink or outside.
For more fire safety tips for your home visit the Fort Bragg Fire and Emergency Services at http://www.bragg.army.mil/directorates/DES/FireEmergencyServices/Lists/Home%20Fire%20Safety/AllItems.aspx.
Did you know that there were items that can’t be disposed of in your trash? Disposing of prohibited items in your trash will cause Waste Management to not be able to pick up your trash on that particular day. To help make your trash day as stress free as possible, please note the following prohibited items:
1. Used oil
2. Yard waste
3. White goods (i.e. – appliances, small air conditioners, etc.)
4. Antifreeze (ethylene glycol)
5. Whole tires
6. Lead-acid batteries (i.e. – automotive batteries, lawn mower batteries, etc.)
7. Motor vehicle oil filters
8. Wooden pallets
9. Discarded electronics (i.e. – televisions, laptops, desktops, monitors, video displays, printers, scanners, and printer-scanner-fax combos) – these can be disposed of via the Fort Bragg Recycling Center. The recycling facility is in Building 3-1240 in the DPW compound. The entrance is off of Reilly Rd., between the former gate to enter Pope and the Butner intersection.
10. Fluorescent lights and thermostats that contain mercury
11. Compressed Gas Cylinders
12. Commercial or Industrial Waste
14. Dead Animals
15. Scrap metal items
16. Hazardous Waste
Any items on this list can be disposed of at the Cumberland County Solid Waste satellite site on Manchester Road in Spring Lake, or at the Anne Street Landfill in Downtown Fayetteville at no charge.
The Fort Bragg Tax Center is now open in the Soldier Support Center. The Tax Center will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on Sundays and federal holidays; and open until midnight April 18 (extended filing due to Emancipation Day). Appointment lines open on January 19 at 9 a.m. Appointments are strongly recommended and can be made by calling the Tax Center at 910-396-8299 (TAXX).
Brickman is preparing to start the spring flower bed clean up throughout the communities. During this process, Brickman will complete the following:
Re-define mulch bed line by mechanically edging bed.
Cut down or remove excessive weeds in flower beds. (Mechanical means may be used)
Cut back any shrubs and perennials that need attention.
Apply a grade A hardwood mulch.
If you have any items in your mulch beds or shrubs, please pick them up prior to your scheduled date. Also please pick up all pet waste from your mulch/flower bed area and fence line. If you have special plant material, mulch, yard ornaments, or do not want us to touch your mulch beds, please notify your neighborhood center as soon as possible.
For you community Spring clean up schedule, please visit your neighborhood calendar.
Mold. It's a simple, four-letter word that can create anxiety and fear in someone suspecting they have mold in their home.
Mold is naturally occurring and is in the air we breathe every day. All molds are not alike and not all molds are "black mold," otherwise known as Stachybotrys. Mold becomes a problem when it is given an opportunity to grow. One way mold can grow is with moisture – and that typically means a lot of moisture that doesn't dry out. One example is with an undetected water leak.
What's the answer to preventing mold? You! Your immediate attention to spills, overflows and leaks – and allowing air flow in your home – are key steps to controlling moisture. And when you help control moisture, you can help prevent mold from growing.
Mold or mildew on non-porous surfaces, like tubs, counters, tiles, and vinyl flooring, should be cleaned thoroughly with soap and water, and then sprayed with a mold-killing cleaning product, like household bleach. Since mold and mildew are "living" the bleach helps kill the spores. After cleaning the area, we also recommend disposing of any item (sponges, cleaning cloth, etc.) used to clean these areas. A common place for this type of surface is in the bathroom. Allowing air to flow through an open window or using your bathroom vent fan, wiping down and cleaning these areas regularly is strongly recommended.
The appearance of mold on porous surfaces, such as walls, wood or ceilings, should be reported to the Community Office immediately. A member of our maintenance team will conduct an assessment to identify any service needs.
Rest assured there are ways you can protect your family and belongings while preventing mold from growing in your home. Here are five steps you can take to control moisture:
Let in some fresh air
Ventilation is key to minimizing the potential for mold development, so wherever damp conditions exist – like in the bathroom after a shower or in the dark areas of a basement – keep the air moving. Use the exhaust fans where available, or open windows when the weather allows. This also helps with moisture control. When it's too cold or too humid for open windows, a simple box fan enhances air flow.
Keep water where it belongs
"Quickly mop up wetness from rain or spills."
You don't even have to think about it; when it's raining, you close the windows. However, should you forget to close them or were out of pocket when it starts to rain, wipe up any wetness that exists thoroughly upon your return.
Likewise, if water spills or the kids have a splash fight in the bathtub, clean up the water immediately. And, don't forget to turn on the exhaust fan to help with the drying process.
Establish a clean routine
As the old saying goes, a clean home is a happy home. Regular cleaning, vacuuming and dusting routines help eliminate dirt and debris that attracts moisture.
Properly vent your dryer
Your clothes dryer is a moisture feeding ground, tasked with tumbling the wetness out of your socks, pants and shirts. It is essential to make sure your dryer is properly vented to the outside with a vent hose from your dryer to the wall. A loose dry vent connection allows moisture to escape from the vent piping into the home. Likewise, a clogged or bent pipe/hose restricts air flow adding to increased moisture in the home. If you need assistance with venting your dryer, please contact your Community Office.
Keep humidity outside
When weather conditions are humid (especially in the summer months), the risk of mold growth increases. Using a dehumidifier or fans assists in making the interior air drier. It is a good practice to keep windows and doors closed when the air conditioning is running as a way to decrease humidity inside the home.
The best defense is to report any water leaks or concerns about your home to the community office right away. Additional tips for controlling moisture in your home are available in the Corvias Military Living Resident Responsibility Guide.
See more helpful household tips at http://blog.corviasmilitaryliving.com/.
Military Saves Week is 22-27 February. Military Saves Week is an annual opportunity for installations and organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for service members and their families to assess their own saving status.
Better Money Habits offers simple steps to help you get started building a reserve of cash — bringing with it greater financial security and peace of mind. You can also visit http://militarysaves.org/for-savers/make-a-plan-how-to-save for more financial tips.
The Fort Bragg Financial Readiness Program is also offering a variety of seminars to help Service Members and their families become financially stronger. You can visit them at http://bragg.armymwr.com/us/bragg/programs/frp or by calling them at 910-907-3670.
Open draperies and blinds to allow warm sunlight to enter in daylight hours. Close draperies and blinds at night to maintain heat.