Fort McCoy News April 10, 2015

Safety during disasters focus of April 28-29 event

Soldiers and civilians who want tips on preparing for weather-related or other emergencies can stop by South Post to talk to an expert April 28-29.

Emergency Management Specialist Jeff Kirkey of the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security will be at the South Post Housing Office, building 6158, on Tuesday, April 28, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 29, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Those interested can stop by anytime during the set hours. Kirkey will discuss several topics related to emergency preparedness, such as:

• AtHoc Notifier, an emergency-notification app for smartphones. See how it works.

• Weather radios. Learn how to program a weather radio or get help programming one, if needed.

• Family disaster-preparation kits. Find out where to keep one and what should go into it.

• Army Disaster Personnel Accountability Assessment (ADPAAS), an Armywide initiative to help manage and monitor the recovery process for personnel and their Families affected by a widespread catastrophic event. ADPAAS allows personnel to report their status, update contact or location information, complete needs assessments, and view reference information anywhere with Web access. Get help navigating the system, if needed.

The event is in support of America's PrepareAthon, a federal campaign to help individuals, organizations, and communities prepare for hazards.

For more information about the event, call 608-388-2763. For more information about or to access ADPAAS, visit For more information about America's PrepareAthon, visit

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   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office and the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security.)