Emergency communication service to military set up
The American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services program helps community-based military members and their families cope with separation and other special needs related to services in the armed forces.
In times of a family emergency, such as a sudden illness or death, the Red Cross serves as a liaison between military commanders and immediate family members of service people in passing verified messages to make emergency leave decisions. The Red Cross also passes along good information, such as the birth of a baby. The Armed Forces Emergency Services program is a worldwide communication system that is available to the military and their families 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The American Red Cross recommends that families obtain a few pieces of essential information from military members to expedite communications during emergencies. It is important to know Social Security number, birthday, military address where deployed and home base unit of the service person. It is also recommended to keep local Red Cross chapter information on hand.
The Red Cross helps military members by working with military aid societies in providing financial assistance when an urgent crisis arises. The Red Cross is also available to help members understand their government benefits.
The Armed Forces Emergency Services program extends service to members of the National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, Reserve Officers Training Corps, Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, military retirees, reservists, recruiters and veterans.
Every day, the American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters. The Rock River Chapter of the American Red Cross serves 370,000 people in Boone, Ogle and Winnebago counties.