Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the best way to be prepared
for all hazards emergencies?
it smart. Preparing for emergencies doesn’t take a lot of time
or effort, but it brings you peace of mind. Three simple steps
can help you and your Family prepare for all hazards—Build a Kit.
Make a Plan. Be Informed.
Be Informed—Emergencies can arise
from weather and other natural hazards, industrial and transportation
accidents, disease epidemics and terrorist acts. Anticipate the
emergencies most likely to affect you and your Family and learn
about related procedures including mass warning and notification
and the Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment
System (ADPAAS). Being informed also means knowing first aid
and appropriate response measures. Knowing what to do can make
all the difference when seconds count.
Make a Plan—You and your Family members may not be together
when an emergency strikes. Planning ahead for various emergencies
will improve your chances of keeping in touch, staying safe and
Build a Kit—Assemble a collection
of first aid supplies, food, water, medicines and important papers
to sustain you and your Family until a crisis passes. Consider
the unique needs of your family and pets, then assemble emergency
supply kits in your home, car and workplace.
Get Involved—Prepared individuals build stronger communities. In an emergency, you may be
in a position to provide help to not only your family, but to those in your community.
Learn how to receive training, how to volunteer, and how to share your knowledge
and skills with others.
What items should I put in my emergency kit?
A: For an emergency
kit, collect enough supplies to last for at least three days.
Keep a kit prepared at home, and consider also having kits in
your car and at work and a portable version in your home ready
to take with you. These kits will enable you and your Family
to respond to an emergency more quickly, whether you have to
shelter-in-place or evacuate. Also take into consideration whether
your area is likely to face a specific threat, and purchase items
accordingly. For a list of suggested items, download the Emergency
Kit Fact Sheet.
Q: What is a Family Emergency Plan?
How do I make one?
A: Your Family also should have a plan for who you will call
and where you will go if there is an emergency. When creating
a Family emergency plan, consider the range of potential emergencies
and all the places you and your Family might be. Talk to your
children about what will happen if they are in school at the
time of the emergency, and make sure they understand where you
intend to be.
Army Families, in particular, need to know what to do if an
emergency occurs particularly when their Soldier is deployed.
In case you can’t reach each other directly by phone or email,
have an out-of-state friend or relative you can both contact
to leave word that you’re okay and learn the Army Disaster Personnel
Accountability and Assessment System (ADPAAS) to ensure you are
ready to report your status. Soldiers downrange need the peace
of mind that their family is safe so they can focus on their
mission at hand.
Discuss your plan with the Family and set up practice evacuations
or shelter-in-place drills to ensure everyone knows what to do
and where to go in the event of an emergency.
Recommended information for a Family Emergency Plan can be
found in Emergency Preparedness for
the Army Community.
Q: I have pets.
How can I prepare for them in an emergency?
A: When you and your Family consider plans and provisions for
emergencies, be sure to take your pets and other animals into
account. Creatures that rely on us in the best of times can’t
help themselves when disaster strikes. Good advance planning
could prevent tragedy, worry and the risks you or others might
take to affect a rescue.
Know in advance how you will handle your pets if you need to
evacuate. Also, your emergency supply kit should also contain
provisions for pets, including food and water, a strong leash,
a carrier and veterinary records. Make sure your pets’ identification
tags are up to date and secured on their collars, and consider
microchipping your pets. If you have advance warning of an emergency,
add a tag with your evacuation information.
For additional information on preparing your pets, download
the Pets Plan Fact Sheet.
Q: What does shelter-in-place mean?
A: Sheltering-in-place means to take temporary protection in
a structure or vehicle that is not certified, insured or staffed
for emergency conditions. Installation procedures designate which
office or party will order personnel to shelter-in-place and
for how long the order stays in effect.
Preparing to shelter-in-place involves having an emergency kit,
being able to turn off heating and ventilation systems quickly
and identifying potential interior spaces for sheltering-in-place.
Notification of an emergency may be through a voice announcing
system, announcements through cellular phones or e-mail, or an
Emergency Alert System broadcast over radio or TV.
Community Awareness Communication Campaign
Q: What is Ready Army?
A: Ready Army
is the Army’s proactive community awareness campaign to
empower our Soldiers, their Families and Army Civilians to prepare
for all hazard emergencies. Through outreach and education, Ready
Army calls our Army Community to action and aims to create
a culture of preparedness that will save lives and strengthen
When did Ready Army begin?
A: Ready Army
launched worldwide in September 2008 to coincide with National
Why Ready Army?
A: An era of
persistent conflict requires persistent vigilance to prepare
the Army Community at home and abroad. The increased use of asymmetric
tactics in modern conflict, and the potential for natural crises
such as Pandemic Influenza or Hurricane Katrina, demonstrate
the need for comprehensive preparedness efforts in advance of
any emergency. Readiness begins with awareness. All Citizens,
not just Soldiers, need to be well-informed and prepared for
Q: What has the Army done?
A: The Army recognizes
the full spectrum of threats that face our Soldiers and Families
in the 21st century. As we strive to restore balance, increase
the readiness of our Force, and improve the quality of life for
our Soldiers and Families, Ready Army offers the tools to prepare
the centerpiece of our Army for challenging times.
is partnered with the Department of Homeland Security’s
national “Ready” campaign
and expands the preparedness message to support the unique needs of our Soldiers
and Families stationed around the world. Ready Army fact sheets, posters, booklets,
press kits and multimedia resources cover 25 diverse man-made and natural threats,
and provide information on requirements and resources specific to the Army (including
the Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System).
Chief of Staff, and Sergeant Major of the Army released a joint
letter of support for Ready Army. Our senior leaders ask for
Ready Army to become a prominent and active part of life on installations
and within Army organizations.
Q: How is Ready Army reaching
the Army Community?
A: Installations worldwide are hosting Ready Army events including
signing ceremonies with local community leaders, safety fairs,
first aid training, family briefings and school based activities.
Off installation, the Ready Army message is reaching Army Families
through media and local partnerships with community groups and
emergency preparedness and response organizations. For example, the city of Killeen, Texas
has partnered with local installation Fort Hood, to bring Ready Army materials
into the community.
Q: Who oversees Ready Army and
how was it developed?
A: Ready Army
was developed by Headquarters Department of the Army, Emergency Management Branch. The campaign
expands upon the national Ready campaign from the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Ad Council to provide targeted
information to support the unique needs of our Army Community
stationed around the world. Ready Army materials and messaging
are consistent with the DHS Ready campaign, The Red Cross and The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention. Army specific messaging has
been developed in coordination with the respective Army experts
Q: What is the Department of
Homeland Security’s Ready campaign?
A: Ready was established
following the events of September 11, 2001 and has become the
most successful campaign in 65-year history of the Ad Council
earning over $700 million in media support. As of July
31, 2008, the Web site has received more than 2.2 billion hits
and 29.8 million unique visitors; the toll-free numbers have
received more than 349,000 calls; and more than 27.7 million
Ready materials have been requested or downloaded from the Web
Q: Why is Ready Army important
to Soldiers and Families?
preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. Ready Army provides
the tool-kit and standardized checklists for emergency preparedness
at home and abroad. When Soldiers, their Families and Army Civilians
know what to do when an emergency strikes, it saves time, property
The strength of our Soldiers
comes from the strength of their Families. In recent interviews,
Ready Army participants stated that Ready Army provides a sense
of empowerment for those at home and peace of mind to forward
Q: Why is Ready Army important
to the Army?
conflict requires the continuous protection of the Army Community,
at home and abroad. The increased use of asymmetric tactics in
modern conflict, and the potential for natural crises such as
Pandemic Influenza or Hurricane Katrina demonstrate the need
for comprehensive preparedness efforts in advance of any emergency.
increases the resilience of the Army and supports our overall
installation and Force readiness. It mitigates the effects of
an emergency, aids recovery, and is a time and resource multiplier
for our emergency first responders and medical first receivers.
The health of the entire force, including families, is vitally
important to the Army’s strength and victory over America’s
Ultimately, Ready Army supports our Soldiers and Families and strengthens the Nation. Preparing for tomorrow's hazards is a readiness issue; readiness allows Soldiers to stay properly focused on their mission. The Army is proud to offer this support
to Soldiers and Families and encourages everybody to Be Informed, Make
A Plan, Build A Kit and Be Informed.
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