Hurricane Preparedness

Tuesday June 26, 2012

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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