• Make shelter plans before severe weather strikes

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  • For the safety of families living on post, Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities provides general safety instructions and tips on what to do when and if the weather forecast calls for tornadoes. This information can also be found in the Resident Guidelines and Community Handbook, section 4.B.
    A tornado is a violent rotating column of air in contact with the ground, the primary dangers of tornadoes are their destructive winds and flying debris. Tornado season runs from April through October with the highest tornado activity during the months of May through June, but tornadoes can occur year round.
    The National Weather Service forecasts the probability of tornadoes and issues alerts for both tornado watches and warnings. A tornado watch means that there is a great probability for a tornado to occur and people should be prepared to take shelter. A tornado warning means that the formation of a tornado has been confirmed and all residents should take shelter immediately. Each family should prepare a plan of action in case of severe weather.
    When the NWS announces a tornado warning for Leavenworth County, the Leavenworth County Office of Emergency Management will sound a three- to five-minute blast of the outside warning sirens. Radio and television stations will also disseminate the warning.
    In homes with basements, residents should take cover under the basement stairs, a heavy workbench or an interior room in the basement. Residents of homes without basements should make arrangements with a friend or neighbor who has a basement or take shelter in a small ground-level room or closet away from windows. Never use a vehicle as a means of protection because it can be one of the most dangerous places to be during a tornado.
    There are three shelters on Fort Leavenworth that are open during tornado watches: the Lewis and Clark Center on Stimson Avenue, Munson Army Health Center at Biddle Boulevard and Pope Avenue, and the Single Soldier Quarters on Cody Road.
    When moving to a shelter, always be sure to know where the shelter is located, how to get there and the time needed to get there in the heaviest traffic. Know where to unload and where to park. Create an “emergency kit” that contains a flashlight, first aid kit and battery powered radio.
    A tornado can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes but the damages can last a lifetime. The safety of residents is very important to FLFHC and residents are encouraged to instruct children, guests and babysitters about what to do during a tornado watch or warning.
    Storing gasoline
    Limit the risk of fire by storing gasoline outside the home or basement. Never keep gasoline anywhere near an appliance that uses natural gas or propane, including water heaters and furnaces. See Resident Guidelines and Community Handbook Section 4.A. for additional information on fire prevention.
    Page 2 of 3 - FLFHC would like to thank all families for following and abiding by the Resident Guidelines and Community Handbook. Handbooks can be downloaded at www.ftleavenworthfamilyhousing.com or picked up at the FLFHC office at 549 Kearney Ave.
    Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities offers educational scholarship opportunities to residents through the Michaels Organization Educational Foundation. The foundation awards scholarship grants to residents of Michaels Organization properties who are pursuing some form of higher education, in college, trade or professional school, or institute.
    For application details and to pick up an application, stop by the FLFHC office at 549 Kearney Ave. or log onto www.ftleavenworthfamilyhousing.com. Deadline for submission is May 16. Transcripts are required. Students should request their transcripts no later than April 4. Applicants will be notified in June.
    Pot of Gold contest
    Stop by the FLFHC office anytime during normal business hours through March 21 to guess the number of golden nuggets for a shot at winning the St. Patrick’s Day pot of gold.
    Birthday drawing
    Have a child with a birthday in March? Come by the Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities office at 549 Kearney Ave. to enter him or her into the monthly birthday drawing. All submissions must be received in the FLFHC office by March 21.
    Coloring contest
    Children’s coloring contest sheets are available through March 21 online at www.ftleavenworthfamilyhousing.com and at the FLFHC office at 549 Kearney Ave. Contest winners will receive a prize and have their artwork published in the FLFHC newsletter.
    Super Savers
    Residents can nominate themselves for the Super Saver of the Month award by submitting a nomination form, which can be found on the FLFHC website at www.ftleavenworthfamilyhousing.com. Bring the form and a copy of the most recent utilities statement to the FLFHC office at 549 Kearney Ave. by the 21st of each month.
    All monthly winners receive a $25 Army and Air Force Exchange Service gift card as well as recognition in the monthly resident newsletter.
    For more information about the Super Saver program, contact Simone Metcalf at smetcalf@themichaelsorg.com or call (913) 565-9806.
    PAIR Day
    FLFHC will be joining many other vendors for Post Activities Information and Registration Day — better known as PAIR Day — from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 at Harney Sports Complex. Come out for some free goodies and information on what Fort Leavenworth and the surrounding area has to offer.
    Commissary tour
    Page 3 of 3 - Slim-Down Fort Leavenworth Commissary tours with Marcy Sedwick, a registered and licensed dietitian from Munson Army Health Center, will be presented at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. March 24. The tour will focus on heart health and managing a healthy weight by reading food labels and navigating healthy foods. The group will meet at the front of the store and the tour will last about 45 minutes. Spaces are limited so contact Simone Metcalf at smetcalf@themichaelsorg.com or call (913) 565-9806 to reserve a spot.
    Slim Down walks
    Join the Slim Down Fort Leavenworth Challenge at Gruber Fitness Center from 5-6 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday for group workouts. We will either workout at the gym or walk around the golf course depending on weather. For more information contact Simone Metcalf at smetcalf@themichaelsorg.com.
    Mother’s Day contest
    Two lucky mothers will win prizes and flowers for Mother’s Day.
    Children ages 3-6 years need to draw a picture of their mom using crayons, paint, markers or pastels on an 8.5 by 11-inch sheet of paper. Entries will be judged based on creativeness and use of color.
    Children ages 7-12 years need to write a poem that begins with: “My mother is special because…” in their own handwriting. Poems should be a maximum of eight lines written on an 8.5 by 11-inch sheet of paper. Additional designs around poems using crayons, markers or pastels are encouraged. Entries will be judged based on thoughtfulness, creativity and neatness.
    All entries must be received by May 6.
    Children’s Festival
    FLFHC will participate in the Children’s Spring Festival 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 at Harney Sports Complex with bean-bag tossing. Each child who stops by the FLFHC table will receive a prize.
    Stay updated on the latest news and read the FLFHC monthly Heritage Community Connections resident newsletter online at www.ftleavenworthfamilyhousing.com, and follow FLFHC on Facebook and Twitter.
    For more information about any FLFHC events or activities, contact Simone Metcalf at smetcalf@themichaelsorg.com or call (913) 565-9806.
    Utilities tip
    Cook food and boil water in covered containers whenever possible. This traps the heat inside and requires less energy.
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