Fort McCoy News February 13, 2015

ADPAAS accounts for people … not just numbers

BY JEFFERY S. NEEDHAM
Army Personnel Accountability Program Manager

In today's world of natural or man-made disasters, it has become essential to have a plan of action for determining and minimizing the effect a disaster event has on Army personnel and their Family members. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the search began for a system to determine and report the whereabouts and the status of our Army.

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Recognizing the shortcomings of Katrina, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued definitive instructions to the Army and other services to develop disaster personnel-accountability plans that quickly would account for all their personnel.

The Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System (ADPAAS) was introduced as the personnel-accountability tool to meet these DOD instructions.

More importantly, ADPAAS is designed to account, assess needs, and assist the Army to a rapid return to recovery and stability.
First used in 2008 following Hurricane Ike, ADPAAS has proven to Army leaders that the tool quickly can collect and consolidate the status and needs-assessment surveys from Active/Reserve/Guard military personnel and Army civilian employees, to include their Family members.

ADPAAS is a valuable tool for Army leaders who must make tough, and often quick, decisions following an emergency. The ADPAAS data allows commanders to access personnel status, thereby facilitating the delivery of essential services to the areas of critical need in the disaster-affected area.

The system enables the Army to assess disaster-related needs that may include housing, medical, financial assistance, employment, pay and benefits, transportation, child care, counseling, and general legal matters.

ADPAAS ensures contact is maintained with Army personnel and Family members to guarantee that the required assistance is provided.

If an emergency or disaster occurs, the Secretary of Defense may issue a directive for all personnel to report on their status to their respective service.

Army personnel will be directed to report their status either to their unit, directly to the ADPAAS website or through an Army contact center.

ADPAAS can and should work in concert with an organization's alert notification systems to account for all its personnel. Organizations must include ADPAAS personnel accountability in their local emergency-management plans.

Beginning this month (February 2014), disaster personnel accountability in accordance with the DOD instructions and Army regulations will be inspected at all Army levels. The proper use of ADPAAS will ensure organizations are in compliance.

In leveraging current technology, Army personnel and Family members now can report their status using their iPhone, Android, iPad or any other mobile devices with Internet access. The ADPAAS mobile application is up and running for use at https://adpaas.army.mil.

ADPAAS also can offer reassurance to deployed Soldiers about the safety of their Families.

"The bottom line is disaster personnel accountability is the number one issue that Army senior leaders look to during times of disaster, natural or man-made. Army preparedness using ADPAAS increases the resiliency of America's fighting forces and supports Soldiers who are forward-deployed, as well," said Jeffery S. Needham, the Army Personnel Accountability Program Manager.

"We want our Soldiers downrange to feel comfortable that their Families are being taken care of at home. Taking care of our Army Families is our top priority… that's our mission."

To meet this mission, Army Families need to maintain accurate, up-to-date contact information in ADPAAS.

To access ADPAAS, log on to https://adpaas.army.mil and click on the Army Military, Department of the Army civilians, nonappropriated fund employees, overseas CONUS contractors and their Families button. Contact information on the system can be updated at any time.

For more information call the ADPAAS Information Line at 800-833-6622.