In Case of Emergency: Be Prepared

Many resources are available to help you deal with the unexpected while your service member is deployed. Your resources include support from your installation Military and Family Support Center and Military OneSource. The following information can help guide you on what to do in case of an emergency.

Emergency plan
The first step to being prepared is to create a family emergency plan. Planning will ensure that family members have what they need in case of a fire, flood, tornado or other natural disaster. Learn more about important items to include when creating your family emergency plan.

Natural disasters like floods, fires, hurricanes or tornados are real dangers. Learn about disaster planning essentials to help protect your home, yourself and your family in the event of a disaster. Follow these steps to take after a flood, fire or other natural disaster. Make sure to include your service’s emergency contact information in your family emergency plan.

Medical emergencies
The Red Cross assists family members in notifying their service member in case of a medical emergency at home. The Red Cross’ role is to:

  • Verify the emergency independently
  • Coordinate with the service member’s command
  • Provide transportation
  • Provide financial assistance, if needed

Financial emergencies
If you’re having emergency financial problems, your service relief organization may be able to offer aid with interest-free loans or grants. If no military relief organizations are near you, you can submit a request to your local chapter of the Red Cross.

Other home front emergencies
You never know when a minor emergency will pop up at home. Maybe the car engine dies, the roof springs a leak or you lose your day care provider. Military OneSource is here to help connect you to the resources you need to navigate the bumps in daily life. Call 800-342-9647, use OCONUS dialing options, or schedule a live chat.