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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, June 26 2012

Today's Focus:

Hurricane Preparedness

Senior Leaders are Saying

That's what being partners and friends is all about going to school together, learning together. But it also, I think, brings our two nations more closely together. The last 10 years have kind of taught us that the threats of terrorism, piracy and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction really don't respect borders. No one country can face those challenges alone, and the United States really values partnerships like we have here in Botswana, with the BDF in particular.

- Secretary of the Army John McHugh, reasserts that the U.S. Army presence around the globe has a commitment to strengthening relationships and assisting with building military capacity in partner nations.

McHugh: U.S. partnerships crucial to facing future challenges

What They're Saying

Soldiers are able to chart the necessary training that will assist them in obtaining professional credentialing and certification by using the Army's Career Tracker. Soldiers can leverage the training and experience they acquired throughout their career to obtain MOS-related credentialing and certifications. These technical certifications and credentials are valuable whether you remain in the Army or leave and work in the civilian sector.

- Khadijah Sellers, Training and Doctrine Command's (TRADOC's) Institute for NCO Professional Development, speaks about TRADOC working to increase opportunities for Soldiers to receive civilian credentialing for attending military schools.

Army, TRADOC set Soldiers up for success with job credentialing

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

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June
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June 14: 237th Army Birthday

July
July 4: Independence day

Today's Focus

Hurricane Preparedness

What is it?

Hurricane Preparedness is the synchronization of governmental, organizational, and individual planning efforts and actions taken prior to the impact of a tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm. In preparation for this year's hurricane season (June - November 2012), U.S. Army leaders should ensure preparedness planning includes the whole Army community (Soldiers, families, civilians, and all Army installations). Installations located several hundred miles away from the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico will experience peak hurricane season from August through the end of October. Installations located near the Southwestern United States can experience hurricane effects from mid-May through the end of November.

What has the Army done?

The Ready Army Community Preparedness Program promotes a culture of preparedness throughout the Army. The main tenets of Ready Army Get a kit, Make a plan, Be informed, provides information for preparation of a 48-72 hour individual and family survival kit. Additionally, Ready Army offers different sources of information to consider for successful All-Hazards Planning. The U.S. Army designated the Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System (ADPAAS) as the Personnel Accountability System of Record. This web-based system assists commanders in accounting for Soldiers, families, and civilians at the first practical opportunity to report immediately following a hurricane or other catastrophic event.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

The U.S. Army, Emergency Management Branch is preparing to field the Emergency Management Modernization Program (EM2P). This program will improve capabilities associated with All-Hazards preparedness in mass warning and notification, communication systems, and enhanced 911 systems to Army installations. The U.S. Army will continue to sponsor Ready Army and advocate the use of ADPAAS.

Why is this important to the Army?

According to the National Hurricane Center, 2011 was the United States' costliest and deadliest hurricane season since 2008. In preparation for last year's worst storm, Hurricane Irene, DOD installations along the Atlantic seaboard secured personnel and property in an effort to avoid loss of life and property. This year the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) predict at least four to eight storms will likely grow into hurricanes. Proper planning and preparation allows installations to restore full operational capability in minimal time.

Resources:

Ready Army
ADPAAS
FEMA's National Hurricane Program
FEMA's Ready Campaign
National Hurricane Center
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
Army.Mil: Hurricane Relief Efforts
Related article: Hurricane season arrives, requires preparation

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