The gap between generations is being closed because of seniors staying connected, electronically. It has been reported that 67% of adults ages 65 and older are now “online”.
Besides remaining actively engaged as a VBREA member, staying connected could mean visiting with family more frequently, or educating yourself in some new passion. There are countless other endeavors.
Embrace the future…but, don’t forget to protect yourself and practice security!
Operation Lookout Expanded (OLE) Program
Operation Lookout Expanded (OLE) is a Virginia Beach Police Department crime prevention program designed for senior citizens who reside in the City of Virginia Beach. The goal of OLE is to provide free home assessments to improve the safety and security of our senior residents. This program provides awareness information along with a myriad of tips and recommendations to include the installation of a large-view peephole that makes it easier to know who is at your door. There is no cost and we are currently seeking seniors who would benefit from this service. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Master Police Officer Shelly Bryant at 757.385.1066 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operation Smoke Detector Program
The “Operation Smoke Detector” Program is a community service project that is funded by donations from businesses, community groups, and citizens of Virginia Beach. The project is designed to provide and install smoke alarms in homes of qualified Virginia Beach citizens who do not have smoke alarms or are unable to install them on their own.
The program is available to citizens that are Virginia Beach residents who own AND live in the requested home. Residents may also qualify if:
They do not already have a working smoke alarm
Are not financially able to purchase the alarms
Have at least one child under the age of 18
Have anyone over 60 years of age.
Maintenance of the smoke alarms (battery, etc.) is the responsibility of the residents. Please schedule your request through the “Operation Smoke Detector” Program by calling 471-5826. A recording will ask for your name, address, and telephone number. Within a few days, you will be contacted for additional information and the closest Fire Company will make an appointment to install the smoke alarm(s).
Please contact the Life Safety Division with any further questions at: Direct: (757) 385-2875 Email: email@example.com
Alert System- VBAlert is the City of Virginia Beach's emergency alert and warning system. The city will send out VBAlert notifications when there is an public safety situation to broadcast. Telephone land-lines are automatically placed in the city's system. Mobile devices need to be registered in order to receive text notifications. To register for this service:www.vbgov.com/vbalert.
Citizen Services: VB311- Simply dial "311" and that number connects a caller with a Citizen Services Call-Taker who can assist them with city information, services, news, and city events. Mobile devices need to dial: 385-3111.
Citizens Services Guide Booklet- Our city government is here to enhance economic, educational, social and physical quality for us and our community. This booklet is filled with related information regarding these services plus contact information is provided. Click: Here to be directed to the booklet.
At this link you can see and hear the City Manager address the survey: Member Survey 2017.
Every 2 years the city polls its members via the "Member Survey". This 2016 survey feedback provides information to the City Manager and his leadership various topics of employee's perceptions how leadership is serving their members. The feedback allows leadership to take steps to respond to recommendations members input via the survey.
The city's BEAM
After 47 years of publications, the city's BEAM has been retired. The VBREA will post 2017 issues through 2018.