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Spring into Fun!
Make sure to join us for our Spring into Fun event on Friday, March 23 from 12 to 2 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. There will be fun for the whole family! We will host an egg hunt. Make sure to bring a basket or bag to collect all of the eggs that you find. Join us for lost of prizes and treats. For more information, check the Soundoff!, meadepicerne.com or call your neighborhood office. We look forward to seeing you at this fun resident appreciation event!
Also, remember to spring forward! Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m. As you reset all your clocks, it is also recommended by fire departments and FEMA to replace the batteries in your smoke alarms.
AER can help
Financial emergencies happen. Unexpected medical or dental expenses, or perhaps emergency travel expenses. A soldier or their family member may not have the money needed to handle the emergency. Army Emergency Relief can help. Army Emergency Relief (AER) provides emergency financial assistance to Soldiers and their families in times of need. AER provides assistance in the form of an interest-free loan for needs such as food, rent, utilities, funeral expenses, and non-receipt of pay. Grants may be provided in extreme circumstances when repayment of the loan will cause undue hardship.
Emergencies are unforeseen and unexpected. The Financial Readiness Program at ACS offers programs in savings and investments, money management, and budgeting to help plan and prepare for emergencies.
For more information about Army Emergency Relief, contact your local ACS or go to: www.aerhq.org.
Prevent Mold and Mildew
It is our goal to maintain the highest quality living environment for our residents. To help achieve this goal, it is important that we work together to minimize conditions that could lead to the growth of naturally occurring mold. There are several ways that residents can help minimize mold growth in their homes:
• Open windows or run the fan on the home air-handling unit to circulate fresh air and proper ventilation.
• In damp or rainy weather conditions, keep windows and doors closed. If water enters your home as a result of inclement weather, remove it right away. If caused by building issues, please contact our office immediately.
• Clean and dust your home on a regular basis. Regular vacuuming, mopping, and use of household cleaners are important to remove dirt and debris that contribute to mold growth. On a regular basis, wipe down and dry areas where moisture sometimes accumulates, such as counter tops, windows, and windowsills.
• Use the bathroom fan or other ventilation when bathing or showering and allow the fan to run until moisture has vented.
• Ensure that your clothes dryer vent is operating properly, and clean the lint screen after every use.
• When washing clothes in warm or hot water, watch to make sure condensation does not build up within the washer and dryer closet. If it does, dry it with a fan or towel.
• Thoroughly dry any spills on carpeting.
• Do not overfill closets or storage areas. Ventilation is important in these spaces.