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Staff Report
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Disaster Preparedness

The Department of the Army has directed that all Soldiers and civilians need to log on to the Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System to complete the self-assess portion on the website before Sept. 25.

What is it?

ADPASS is the Army's way of accounting for personnel and family members after catastrophes. It is a web-based, user-friendly system that enables the Army to collect accurate and timely reports in times of emergency. All Soldiers, civilians, family members and overseas defense contractors must report their status and whereabouts following any natural or man-made disaster, if directed to do so by the Secretary of Defense or their major commands.

What has the Army done?

DOD mandated that each of the services procure an automated accountability system after difficulties accounting for personnel during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. To comply, the Army established ADPAAS in 2008, and it is populated with personnel information from both the Active and Reserve components. ADPAAS was first put to use after Hurricane Ike in September 2008 and successfully accounted for over 24,000 people. Since then, ADPAAS has been used to account for Army personnel after numerous real-world disasters.

Why is this important?

ADPAAS is the only way the Army will accept status reports from Soldiers, civilians, families and overseas defense contractors following a disaster.

It enables commanders to identify and account for those in their command that have been affected by a disaster through consolidation of reports via the Internet and phone. In addition, ADPAAS allows sponsors and family members affected by a catastrophe to request assistance via a Needs Assessment Survey, which in turn helps leaders prioritize the type and quantity of resources and assistance where most needed.

What does the Army have planned for the future?

All Army personnel and families are required to visit the ADPAAS website to become familiar with how it works. The Army can only ensure accurate and timely accountability of its Soldiers, civilians, families and contractors if everyone knows how to use the system before disasters strike. There is also a mobile application for ADPAAS to make it easier to access, self account, and fill out a Needs Assessment Survey. You can use any smart phone to access the ADPAAS mobile application.



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