Health & Safety

July 11, 2014

ACS shares disaster preparedness information, ERP news, class dates

Ready Army, special needs Families
Army Community Service, ACS, Exceptional Family Program, EFMP, shares information from the Ready Army website.

Ready Army is the Army’s proactive campaign to increase the resilience of the Army community and enhance the readiness of the force by informing Soldiers, their Families, Army Civilians and contractors of relevant hazards and encouraging them to “Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved.” Through outreach and education, Ready Army calls the Army community to action and aims to create a culture of preparedness that will save lives and strengthen the nation.

Every Family is unique and life circumstances can change. Be sure to update your emergency plans and kits to reflect your current needs, even if the change is temporary.

People with long-term or temporary disabilities must take a proactive approach to ensure their safety needs are included in all emergency planning. Those with physical disabilities can have complications during emergency evacuations. Those with visual, hearing or mental disabilities may have difficulty leaving familiar surroundings. Others with medical conditions may be dependent on devices or medications that need to travel with them. To adequately prepare for possible emergencies, consider making the following arrangements:
Be Informed: In the case of an emergency, the specific needs of persons with disabilities are often varied and wide-ranging. Being aware of the emergency preparedness resources available to those with special needs can help people better Build a Kit and Make a Plan customized to meet the needs of their Families.

Make A Plan: Establish a personal support network where you regularly spend time. Have at least three people at each location who can give assistance. Teach them how to operate any necessary equipment and where it is stored. Label equipment and attach instructions as a backup. If you use electrical equipment, plan how to deal with a power outage, for instance, keeping a manual wheelchair for use if an electrical wheelchair becomes inoperable. Consider having backup equipment stored at your evacuation location.

Emergencies affect hundreds of people every year. Are you and your Family ready?

When emergencies occur, military and Civilian organizations respond, but it takes time to mobilize, and they focus on the most critical needs first. Failure to prepare can put yourself, your Family and property in jeopardy. It’s up to you to be ready.

For more information on Ready Army and special needs go to http://www.acsim.army.mil/readyarmy/ra_special_needs.htm.

Army Disaster Personnel Accountability, Assessment System
After an emergency, all Army-affiliated personnel including Soldiers, Family members and Civilian employees, must report their status to their command at the first available opportunity. In some cases, the Secretary of Defense will direct all Department of Defense-affiliated personnel in the affected area to report their accountability status as soon as possible.

When this happens, those who have access to the Internet are to report their status online through the Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System, ADPAAS. This system provides a way for Army personnel and their Families in the disaster-affected area to report their status and how they were affected by the event. It also provides commanders a means to assess the impact of the disaster on Soldiers and their Families to provide assistance where needed.

For more information, go to https://adpaas.army.mil.

Employment Readiness Program
Need guidance and information about resources to prepare for and locate employment? The ACS Employment Readiness Program can help. ERP offers information about local and federal employment opportunities, the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, MSEP, interviewing skills, resume critiquing, career planning resources and more.

Want to build work experience? Ask ACS how to access volunteer opportunities.

ERP services are available by appointment only on Tuesday and Thursday. Call 520.53.5899 to set up an appointment and obtain preliminary information via email.

Federal Employment Classes are also offered at ACS the second Tuesday of each month from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Upcoming classes will be held on Aug. 12 and Sept. 19. Pre-registration is required to attend, and classes are open to valid military identification cardholders only.
Call 520.533.2330 to register.




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