What is it?
The Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System is the Army's way of accounting for personnel and family members after catastrophes. It is a web-based, user-friendly system that enables the Army to collect accurate and timely reports in times of emergency. All soldiers, civilians, family members and overseas defense contractors must report their status and whereabouts following any natural or man-made disaster if directed to do so by the Secretary of Defense or their major commands.
What has the Army done?
The Department of Defense mandated that each of the services procure an automated accountability system after difficulties accounting for personnel during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita during the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. To comply, the Army established the Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System in 2008 and it is populated with personnel information from both the Active and Reserve Components. The system was first put to use after Hurricane Ike in September 2008 and successfully accounted for more than 24,000 people. It has also been tested through exercises, including several Army headquarters and national level exercises. Since 2008, the system has been used to account for Army personnel after numerous real-world disasters. The Army's system was recently used to account and track the evacuation of Army family members after the Japan earthquake in January 2011 and when Hurricane Irene hit Puerto Rico in 2011. The Army has also employed the system for many natural and man-made disasters to include terrorist-related events affecting major commands across the entire Army, like the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Colorado Wildfires in 2013, severe summer and early winter storms, and hurricanes and typhoons of 2013.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System is the only way the Army will accept status reports from soldiers, civilians, families and overseas defense contractors following a disaster. It enables commanders to identify and account for those in their command who have been affected by a disaster through a consolidation of reports submitted by soldiers, civilians, family members and overseas defense contractors via the Internet and phone. In addition, it allows sponsors and family members affected by a catastrophe to request assistance via a needs assessment survey, which in turn helps leaders prioritize the type and quantity of resources and assistance needed.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System team will visit installations this year to train personnel and answer questions. All Army personnel and families are urged to visit the website to become familiar with how the system works. The Army can only ensure accurate and timely accountability of its soldiers, civilians, families and contractors if everyone knows how to use the system before disasters strike. There is also a mobile application to make it easier for soldiers, civilians, contractors and family members to access, self-account and fill out a needs assessment survey (if needed). You can use any smart phone to access the mobile application. Simply go to https://adpaas.army.mil.
The Army family member computer-based training is now available to train Army family members in the use of the system to self-assess in the time of natural or man-made disaster. This training can be launched from the Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System website.
Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System website: https://adpaas.army.mil
U.S. Army hurricane relief efforts:
Headquarters, Department of the Army G-1 operations division, personnel contingency cell:
703-692-3201 or 703-697-4246
Army information hotline: 800-833-6622
Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System customer support email: firstname.lastname@example.org