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Edition: Tue, January 27, 2009
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"The greatly improved security situation has really allowed the reconstruction progress to advance. We continue to work nonstop with our Iraqi partners to improve the quality of life for all Iraqis."

- Maj. Gen. Michael R. Eyre, commanding general, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Gulf Region Division

Reduced violence aids Iraq reconstruction efforts, general says

TODAY'S FOCUS

AR 525-27 Army Emergency Management Program

What is it?

G-3's Army Emergency Management (EM) Program (Protection Division, Army Asymmetric Warfare Office) integrates emergency preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery capabilities to enhance mission assurance and protect Army communities.

AR 525-27, pending release, establishes the Army EM Program as the single integrated program for the planning, execution and management of efforts to mitigate the effects and respond to an all-hazard incident, including traditional, irregular, disruptive and catastrophic events on or affecting Army installations, facilities and activities.

What has the Army done?

The Army recognizes the full-spectrum of threats that face our people, infrastructure and information in the twenty-first century, including weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and natural disasters such as hurricanes and pandemic outbreak. To adapt to the evolving threat environment and support the national security strategy, the Army adopted an all-hazards approach to Protection. The Army is preparing to recover quickly should an emergency occur.

The EM program synchronizes the roles and responsibilities of related plans, programs and response assets. The EM Program Branch (installation preparedness) is the lead for Army participation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Installation Protection Steering Group, manages the Army Emergency First Responder Program for CBRNE response, and oversees Army interests in the joint acquisition program for Installation Protection. The Branch coordinates emergency preparedness education for the Army populace (Ready Army) to save lives through individual and family preparedness and strengthen Army communities.

What does the Army have planned?

The Army will synchronize and integrate coordinated emergency response capabilities into a single program consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Integrated Command System (ICS) to ensure rapid, effective response and hazard mitigation to preserve the force and ensure interoperability in multijurisdictional, multiagency environments or host nations. The Army will provide capabilities that are sustainable, practical and executable, incorporating the best tenets of risk management while realizing efficiencies in support of Army transformation.

Why is this important to the Army?

Persistent conflict requires the continuous protection of the Army community at home and abroad. Comprehensive emergency management is a vital component of Army Protection (Directive 2008-02) and supports the Army's ability to continue uninterrupted activities in support of Army Force Generation. In the event of a disaster, EM mitigates effects to minimize mission disruption and prevent loss of life, maintaining force readiness and protecting Army families.

Resources:

For information on Protection Division & Army Asymmetric Warfare Office: Army Emergency Management (EM) Program

Ready Army

Army Protection (Directive 2008-02)

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"

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