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Disaster Preparedness


No one likes to think about the possibility of natural disasters, such as floods, fires, hurricanes and tornados. Nor do they like to think about crimes, such as theft and vandalism. However, spending a little time making an emergency plan now can give you peace of mind and help you be prepared if something happens.

Here are some important things to consider when it comes to protecting yourself, your family and your home in the event of a disaster or other emergency.

Be prepared

Military OneSource offers you guidance on what you need to know to prepare for any kind of emergency. Follow these important steps:

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Planning for the unexpected begins with becoming aware of natural disasters more likely in your area and making a plan for yourself and your family.

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No one wants to be rushing around during a disaster trying to find and pack important items. That’s where preparing your disaster kit comes in.

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Know how to connect with missing loved ones

Be familiar with the programs that can help you connect with family members or other loved ones after a disaster.

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Sign up for installation and community alerts

Learn your installation’s security procedures and sign up for installation and community alerts so you know what to do in an emergency.

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Consider renters insurance

Renters insurance is property insurance designed for people who do not own their homes. If disaster strikes in the form of fire, vandalism, theft or in some other way, having renters insurance means you likely won’t be stuck paying to replace everything that was lost or damaged. Renters insurance is often overlooked, but for a small cost you can save a substantial amount of money in the event of a disaster.

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Watch the Personnel Accountability eTutorial

There are a lot of different factors you need to consider during a crisis. Use this course to learn how to best account for yourself and others during both natural and man-made disasters.

Know Your TRICARE Benefits Before Disaster Strikes

Be prepared for natural disasters. Learn about TRICARE coverage, emergency prescriptions and referral waivers during emergencies.


Resources for Disaster Preparedness

Account for yourself

During and after an emergency, you need to report to your command. Learn and follow the established procedure by visiting your affiliated service branch website. Accounting for yourself after a disaster isn’t just a good idea, it’s mandatory for Defense Department personnel.

Connect to assistance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency can provide housing assistance if your home is damaged or destroyed. The American Red Cross also provides shelter and other assistance for people in disaster situations.

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Know how to prepare yourself and your family.

All military installations have emergency management plans to help prepare for, manage and recover from disasters or emergencies. Know how to prepare yourself and your family and also how to get assistance if you find yourself impacted by a natural or manmade disaster.

Be safe, inside and outside your home

If your home has been damaged, your power and gas lines may have sustained damage as well. Be sure to take precautions, including turning off your gas and electricity if you can do so safely; avoiding puddles and other standing water; checking for leaking gas lines and propane containers; and staying alert, as standing structures may be fragile.

Stay informed

Depending on the disaster, media reports may provide news through the Emergency Alert System. This system, along with news and government agency social media sites, can provide information about what to do, where to go and how to contact local disaster relief services.

In addition, your installation may choose to activate an Emergency Family Assistance Center. EFAC provides a central hub for the dissemination of accurate and timely information and also provides and connects victims to support and resources.  To learn more about EFAC, contact your Military and Family Support Center.

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