Ready Army

Thursday June 5, 2008

What is it?

Ready Army is a proactive campaign to prepare the Army community by informing Soldiers, their Families, and Army Civilians of relevant hazards and appropriate response actions and encouraging everyone to "get a kit, make a plan and be informed."

What has the Army done?

The G-3 Installation Preparedness Branch, Army Emergency Management program (Force Protection Division, Army Asymmetric Warfare Office) protects Soldiers, Families, Army Civilians and contractors from all hazards and enhances mission assurance by providing policy, guidance and resources to deliver a comprehensive emergency preparedness capability to the Army. The program's Ready Army campaign provides information on actions to take before, during and after an emergency. A complete toolkit of fact sheets, posters, brochures, press kits and multimedia resources reinforces mass warning and notification procedures and identifies required actions, including shelter-in-place, evacuation, safe haven and accountability and reporting responsibilities. Ready Army is partnered with the Department of Homeland Security's national preparedness campaign, "Ready" and tailored to the unique needs of our Army community around the world. Ready Army is currently piloted at Fort Hood and within United States Army, Europe (USAREUR).

Why is this important to the Army?

We live in an era of persistent conflict where global terrorism and extremist ideologies threaten our safety and freedom. The increased risk of nuclear, biological and chemical attacks and the threat of natural crises such as pandemic influenza, hurricanes (June is Hurricane Preparedness Month) and flash floods demonstrate the need for our Army community to be prepared for any emergency. In the event of an emergency, Ready Army will save lives and property. Every day Ready Army will enhance the quality of support to our Soldiers, Families and Army Civilians. Collectively, comprehensive emergency preparedness efforts enhance the strength and resilience of our all-volunteer force and support installation and force readiness.

What's planned for the future?

Ready Army will launch Army-wide in September to coincide with National Preparedness Month.

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

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Bloggers Roundtable

Summer fun heats up at Stuttgart CYS

Yongsan celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage

Darmstadt holds farewell fest

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Headstone for McGinnis unveiled at Arlington (AT)
  • West Point adopts gender-neutral lyrics to songs (ABC)
  • Sill Soldiers work on new HIMARS system (AT)
  • NHS grad to join Army like big brother who lost life in service (IS)
  • Soldier could not endure more pain, wife says (AT)
  • Opinion: Army change of heart? (HC)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Iraq war creates shortage of night-vision gear in U.S.(AD)
  • Iraqi councils shoulder more responsibility (USA)
  • Security plan stirs Iranian's ire (SDT)
  • Afghan borders concern NATO force leader (NYT)

OF INTEREST

  • A haven for travelers in uniform (WP)
  • Agencies dispatch health care workers (WT)
  • Military commission hearings to be fair, transparent, trial advisor vows (AFIS)
  • Watchdog to review if drugs used to ease interrogations (SDT)
  • Nunn: Time to revisit military policy on gays (AT)

WORLD VIEW

  • Marine cleared over Iraq massacre (BBC | Story)
  • Zawahiri urges more Israel attacks (AJ | Story)
  • Explosions and shootings disrupt relative calm in Iraq (IHT | Story)
  • Mukasey defends military commissions for terror cases (Guard | Story)
  • Troops' tours overseas rise to eight months (SMH | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Related to article in Interest: Some fine folks ~ (YM)
  • Wednesday hero (HHW)
  • Battling time (SBz)
  • Soldier update- K & M (DP)
  • The Soldier (RR)
  • Book review ~ Eight Lives Down by Chris Hunter (GTF)

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Events

May- July 4, 2008: Season of Remembrance

June 6, 2008: 64th D-Day Anniversary

U.S. Army Birthday Celebrations:

-Saturday, June 7, 2008: The New Orleans Army Birthday Ball

-Saturday, June 14, 2008: The U.S. Army Birthday Ball

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"We train as though we're going to have the worst hurricane tomorrow. We've got to train that way. ... We can't be too complacent."

-Army Col. William Beiswenger, director of operations for the Florida National Guard, referring to Hurricane preparedness training

'Hurricane Herb' gives Florida Guard disaster-response test

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