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Military Family Preparedness

Military personnel, regardless of whether they serve on active duty or in reserve, dedicate their lives to protecting and assisting others. Although military personnel often consider others before themselves, itís essential for them to develop individualized emergency preparedness plans to prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies.

All military bases provide information known as a Readiness and Emergency Management Flight to educate military personnel and their families about how best to prepare for emergencies.

All military bases are designed and equipped to handle natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other emergencies. Resources are available on base to assist military members and their families prepare for and recover from unpredictable disasters.

All military units are assigned emergency management specialists to assist service members and their families during and after emergencies.

Every military base has an emergency preparedness plan known as a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) 10-2. Military personnel and their spouses should become acquainted with these plans and supplemental safety checklists.

Things Military Personnel & Familiy Should Consider

  • After moving, learn about potential natural disasters and other disasters that affect the region. If necessary, update your 72 hour kit with appropriate supplies.
  • Mass warning systems vary by base. For example, telephone alert systems are used at some bases, while some bases utilize sirens and loud speakers.
  • If family or close friends live nearby, establish a meeting point. Likewise, have a family member or friend living outside your city or state serve as an emergency contact. Consider having additional emergency contacts.
  • Those living off base should not plan on returning to base during an emergency and plan accordingly. Identify emergency shelters off base to relocate to if necessary.
  • Include copies of important financial, insurance, and personal documents in emergency preparedness kits.
  • Always follow established guidelines during and following emergencies. Notify commanding officers of your whereabouts and well-being.

How To Prepare If You're Stationed Abroad

  • If youíre stained in a foreign base, 911 is more than likely not the emergency number. Memorize the emergency number and ensure your spouse and children know it as well.
  • Include local currencies, passports, and other items in your emergency preparedness kit. Also, learn basic phrases in the local language to get around and obtain assistance if necessary.
  • If youíre not on base during an emergency, follow guidelines established by local government officials. Obey all local laws.
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