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Mid March 2020 Updates
Posted on Mar 17th, 2020

FROM SECURITY:
 
Hello all..
 
As we are all now in uncharted territory in dealing with this Covid-19 virus, I ask that you keep all first responders, and our medical personnel in your thoughts and prayers, as you know, we do not work from home.
 
As it relates to your APD Officers, who work off duty patrolling your neighborhood, we are still here each day, and I wanted to advise on a few items to share:
 
* Please spread the word to keep an eye out for your neighbors especially our elderly, check on them, and if there is some type of special concern or circumstance for a specific resident being checked on, please let me know.  
 
(Contact Us and we can forward info on to the patrol, members have access to security patrol phone numbers by logging into site and going to the Security tab)
 
* Don't let your guard down.. Crime has not stopped as a result of this virus.. keep all valuables, and anything in plain sight out of your vehicles.  Never store unsecured guns in your car, and never keep a spare key or key fob in your car. Set your alarm and lock your doors.
 
* With everyone at home, if you witness suspicious activity, don't start a group text, post to Facebook, Nextdoor etc. CALL 911 FIRST... With more eyes, and ears around, the hope is that criminals would be better detected, and caught, but that only happens when you call 911 first. Remember also, when observing suspicious activity, get physical and clothing descriptions, vehicle make and models, and tag numbers if possible. 
 
* In having more time at home, consider purchasing and installing a home security camera like a Ring door bell or other brand and type of home video surveillance camera. Add to your doorbell camera or install one for the first time. Also look at your outdoor lighting, flood lights etc. With extra time at home why not take some time to evaluate your home security.   
 
* Don't fall for Coronavirus Scams...
Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.

Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying that have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores.

Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing  
 
We continue to work the neighborhood patrol, to care for our neighborhood residents, and in support of our families, as we also deal with hardships at home etc, so again, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers, and please feel free to share the above information with our resident members. 
 
Thank you for your support..
Lt. Jeff Baxter 
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FROM PBA PRESIDENT:
 
Dear Members,
 
As we move forward in the face of all that is happening, here are some reminders about the resources you have access to on the PBA site and ways that we can help each other.  
 
Please check in (via phone, text or email) with your neighbors who are elderly and/or in poor health, especially if they do not have family nearby.  See if they need anything, and if you can help them with supplies, just leave on their doorstep.  Or send them an order via Publix Instacart!  You can take $5 off an order of $35 or more with code: FULLCART05.  
 
Take a look at the list of block captains.  Start communicating with those on your block via phone, text, or email if you haven't already.  Have a message for the whole neighborhood?  Send it our way using the Contact Us page on the website.
 
Even though we are becoming more physically isolated, there is much we can do to remain, and even grow, as a community.  Check out these links to help you stay informed and connected below: 
 
 
 
You must be logged in (and a 2020 member) to the site to see the following pages:
 
 
 
Looking for ways to help others?  Here are some ideas:
 
Click link above, "E. Rivers PTA has determined that providing Kroger and Walmart gift cards is the best way to provide assistance at this time for our school families who are in the greatest need.  At this time, all donations will be put towards the purchase of Kroger and Walmart gift cards.  We will be in contact with the families should the school closure extend beyond two weeks to see what additional support we can provide them."
 
Click above link to see the ways they are taking quick donations or go straight to website HERE
 
Worship from Home
Most places of worship are now offering online sermons/services.  When you reach out to your elderly neighbors, see if they need help finding links to their congregation and online services.
 
Thank you neighbors!  
 
Best regards,
Anna Mayeske
PBA President
annamayeske@gmail.com