Two-year Army Safety Awareness Campaign

Friday August 29, 2014

What is it?

Every two years, the U.S. Army releases a new safety campaign intended to promote individual responsibility and engagement on all fronts among leaders, Soldiers, civilians, families and peers to help prevent fatalities and injuries throughout the year.

Why is this important to the Army?

Safety has a direct correlation to unit and individual readiness. Unit readiness is defined as having adequate personnel, materiel and supplies, equipment and training that, when properly balanced, enables immediate and effective application of military power. Leaders should ask themselves, "Is my unit ready for whatever event or situation will come next?"

Individual readiness is defined as being physically and mentally capable of executing any given task. Individuals should ask themselves, "Am I ready for whatever event or situation will come next?"

What has the Army done?

Ready or Not?, the new two-year safety campaign will begin Sept. 2, and is designed to heighten awareness of risk factors by causing individuals and leaders to ask themselves one simple question, "Are you and/or your organization ready for what is about to happen?"

The campaign will include four seasonal mini-campaigns throughout the year autumn, winter, spring and summer. The mini-campaigns serve to raise awareness of the increased hazards associated with the different seasons, but also provide safety and information on accident prevention issues that apply year-round, such as distracted driving and home safety. Ready or Not? will help kick off the Army Safe Autumn Safety Campaign that runs through early December 2014. Topics include sports and recreation, private motor vehicles, privately owned weapons and aviation.

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

The readiness of the Army is dependent on a variety of things such as funding, training and education, equipment and personnel. Through the prevention of accidental loss of our Soldiers, civilians, families and vital resources through risk mitigation, we aid in the preservation of the force.

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