Were You Ready for South Dakota’s Winter!

101201-f-5924c-076It looks like Mother Nature finally decided to bring us some Winter conditions. Hopefully you had already prepared yourself, your home, and car for this; after all it is December! If you hadn’t, today’s weather is a great reminder for you to get things done before there are multiple days like this.

PREPARE YOURSELF & HOME

Listen to the weather forecasts as they can provide you with good notice of an approaching storm. Ensure you have easy access to your snow clearing equipment, (shovels and/or snow blower). Ensure that your heat sources at home are working and you have fuel (pellets or wood) on hand, if needed.

Have a plan in place on how you would handle a power outage. Depending on your home, this may affect food preparation and storage, heating sources, and information resources.

PREPARE YOUR CAR

If you haven’t done so already, get your car winterized and have a winter storm kit in it. According to the Pennington County Emergency Management Office the kit should contain:

“sleeping bags or blankets, matches and candles, winter clothing, food, first-aid kit, pocket knife, flashlight and radio with extra batteries for each, a bag of sand and shovel, tire chains and tools, windshield scraper, battery jumper cables, and two coffee cans. Small supplies can be kept in the coffee cans and when you are stranded, one can be used for personal sanitation needs and the other to burn the candles in for heat. When burning a candle, leave a down-wind window slightly open for air circulation and ventilation. Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen without the victim being aware of it until it’s too late.”

KNOW THE ROAD CONDITIONS BEFORE YOU GO

First and foremost, if you don’t have to go, DON’T! Driving any direction out of the Rapid City area can be dangerous once you are on the plains or in the Black Hills.

If you do have to be driving, be able to see and be seen. Clean snow off all windows, mirrors, lights and reflectors. You can be ticketed if your view is obstructed by snow. know the road conditions.

Check the road conditions before you go. For South Dakota roads, you can visit http://www.safetravelusa.com/sd/ to view road conditions around the state.

For Ellsworth AFB travel, accurate and timely information about road and reporting conditions can be viewed via the official Ellsworth Facebook page or by calling (605) 385-ROAD.

Below is a breakdown of the color coded road conditions for the base from the Ellsworth AFB official web site:

greenroadsGREEN:

Normal installation speed limits and traffic rules are in effect.

yellowroadsYELLOW:

The maximum speed limit for all motor vehicles is 10 mph below the posted speed limit. The speed limit for parking areas is 5 mph. The vehicle will be operated in such a manner that ensures complete control of the vehicle at all times. Vehicle operators are cautioned to remain a safe distance away from snow removal equipment, with the understanding that the snow removal equipment operator may be operating at an increased rate of speed and with visibility limitations.

redroadsRED:

The maximum speed limit for all motor vehicles is 10 mph on general roadways, and 5 mph in military family housing areas and parking areas. Travel is restricted to essential travel only (i.e. military personnel who have not been instructed to remain away from duty, family members traveling to and from their place of employment, etc.). Persons found to be in violation of this traffic instruction (i.e. recreational driving, non-emergency visitation, etc.) are subject to being cited in accordance with this traffic code, and to points being assessed on their driving record accordingly. Travel during Road Condition Red is at the vehicle operator’s own risk. During Road Condition Red, the vehicle operator assumes all liability for vehicle damage should the vehicle become immovable due to weather or road conditions, such as damage from passing snow removal equipment, damage from exposure to severe weather, or any other damage which may occur.

Bottom line: Being stuck or stranded in a South Dakota winter storm can become a question of survival. It’s serious business and you and your vehicle must be prepared.

Holiday Meals for Military – 20 Nov 2017

Operation Homefront will be hosting a Holiday Meals for Military event on Ellsworth AFB on Monday, November 20th. At this event, families will receive a holiday meal kit that contains all of the nonperishable goods needed to make a family meal, including stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole ingredients, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie fixings, and more. Families will also walk away with a $25 gift card to purchase a protein source.

Eligible recipients include active duty ranks of E1 through E6 or all ranks of post 9/11 wounded, ill, or injured. Please see attached flyer for more information and feel free to spread the word to eligible families.

Registration is required beforehand at https://events.operationhomefront.org.

FREE 1 extra hour of sleep! Limited time offer!

That’s right, coming this Sunday you can be the proud owner of an absolutely FREE, extra hour of sleep.

This Sunday morning, November 5, 2017 at 2 a.m., daylight savings time will end and the clocks in most states will turn back 1 hour.

How do you take advantage of this special offer? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3:

1. On Saturday night, turn back your clocks by 1 hour.
2. Go to bed
3. Wake up on Sunday with one extra hour of sleep

This offer is limited to no one! But hurry!
This offer expires on Sunday, March 11, 2018
when the clocks spring forward 1 hour!

Marriage Minute: Saying “I’m sorry” is magical

We all make mistakes from time to time. When we do, saying “I’m sorry” is magical because it lets your partner know that you understand and respect them, which helps to bring you both closer together.

Try to be specific about why you’re apologizing, and try to explain how you felt when things went wrong:

I had been very stressed and irritable.
I hadn’t expressed much appreciation toward you.
I had been running on empty.

This will help your partner understand where you’re coming from. It will open you both up to calmly expressing what you need and how you feel.

The Marriage Minute From The Gottman Institute, dated 19 October 2017. You can sign up here to get The Marriage Minute delivered to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning. 

Marriage Minute: The one big thing

The one big thing in marriage is trust.

Can I trust you to be there for me when I’m upset? 

Can I trust you to choose me over your friends?

Can I trust you to respect me?

We’ve learned that trust is built in very small moments. In any interaction, there is a possibility of connecting with your partner or turning away from your partner.

Turn towards bids for connection. Express appreciation for each other. Brag about each other’s talents and achievements. Say “I love you” every day.

Trust us.

The Marriage Minute From The Gottman Institute, dated 14 September 2017. You can sign up here to get The Marriage Minute delivered to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning. 

Marriage Minute: The Grass is Greener

In any interaction, there is a possibility of connecting with your partner or turning away. One single moment is not that important, but if you’re consistently choosing to turn away, then trust erodes.

When this happens, you begin to focus on your partner’s flaws. You forget about their traits you admire and value.

Eventually you start making what researcher Caryl Rusbult calls “negative comparisons.” You start to compare your spouse to someone else, real or imagined, and you think, “I can do better.”

Invest in your marriage instead. Express appreciation for each other. Brag about each other’s achievements. Say “I love you” every day.

The grass isn’t greener on the other side. The grass is greener where you water it.

The Marriage Minute From The Gottman Institute, dated 31 August 2017. You can sign up here to get The Marriage Minute delivered to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning. 

Back to School Round-Up – Saturday, August 26

It is almost that time again! The 2017 Back to School Round Up Event will be held on August 26th, 2017, from 1-3pm, at the PRIDE Hangar.

Please come out and join us for educational resources, FREE school supplies (while supplies last) provided by Operation Home Front for the first 300 children, Dahl art center art projects, a photo booth, climbing wall, bouncy castles, sensory tables, a planetarium dome, and a petting zoo. There will also be prize drawings @ 2:45pm for different age groups.

This event is hosted by the 28 FSS Airman and Family Readiness Flight and Child and Youth Services Flight.