In Case of Emergency: Be Prepared

No one wants to consider the possibility of an emergency during deployment. But if one happens – in the field or at home – the best thing you can do is be prepared. There are many resources to help you deal with the unexpected, including support from Military OneSource. Familiarize yourself with the help that’s available, so you’ll know what to do in case of an emergency.

Emergency plan: The first step to being prepared is to make sure your family has an emergency plan. It will save precious time and ensure that all family members have what they need in case of a fire, storm or other disaster. The plan should include contacts and emergency phone numbers, and where you can find your important documents and emergency supplies if you need to leave your home quickly.

Casualty notification and survivor assistance If your service member dies or is declared missing while deployed, a uniformed service team will make an in-person visit. You may also be assigned a casualty assistance officer to help you with applying for survivor benefits. The casualty officer will continue to provide support in the weeks and months ahead – as long as assistance is needed.

Service member emergencies: If your service member becomes seriously injured or ill while deployed, you will be notified as quickly as possible. In some cases, your service member will contact you directly.

Disasters: Natural disasters like floods, fires, hurricanes or tornados are real dangers. By preparing now, you can have peace of mind later. Learn how to protect your home, yourself and your family in the event of a disaster.

If a natural disaster strikes, it is important to account for yourself and your family through your service branch’s emergency contact for disasters and evacuations. Each service provides resources to assist you as well.

Medical emergencies: The Red Cross assists family members in notifying their service member in case of a medical emergency at home. The Red Cross’s role is to independently verify the emergency, coordinate with the service member’s command, and provide transportation and 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 the Red Cross.

Other homefront 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 with daily problems, too. Call us at 800-342-9647, and we’ll connect you to the services and people who can smooth out the bumps of daily life. OCONUS/International? Click here calling options.