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Posted: April 6, 2018 8:41 a.m.
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ADPAAS helps accountability

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Jeffery Needham of the DA Personnel Contingency Cell at the Pentagon conducts and ADPAAS class at Fort Stewart, March 20.

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Maintaining accountability and communication to community members is part of the foundation of the Army's approach to crisis management.  

According to the U.S. Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System website at https://adpaas.army.mil,    the system provides a method for the Army to account, assess, manage, and monitor the recovery process for personnel and their families affected and/or scattered by a wide-spread catastrophic event. ADPAAS provides valuable information to all levels of the Army chain of command, allowing commanders to make strategic decisions, which facilitate a return to stability.

Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield offers annual ADPAAS training prior to the hurricane season to familiarize installation organizations and personnel.  The most recent training was held March 20-22, which included 66 people from across the installation and other sites.  

Fifty-six of the attendees were at Fort Stewart when Hurricanes Matthew and Irma threatened the installation and understand the confusion that comes with natural disasters. 

Jeffery Needham of the Department of the Army Personnel Contingency Cell at the Pentagon and instructor for ADPAAS, said in an instant, the system was overloaded during Hurricane Irma, causing the staff to work really hard to update the information manually.  

The training helps unit representatives reduce the impact of an actual emergency because they will learn the methods of accounting after an emergency and will have the tools to be successful.

Some of the information ADPAAS tracks includes the location of Family Members and contact information for the Family Members, sponsor and/or employee. 

ADPAAS is important as it can help commanders keep accountability but also provides a venue for community members to request support.  The way that ADPAAS is able to do this it through the Assessment section.  With a series of questions ADPAAS consolidates the information allowing agencies like Army Community Services to reach back and provide support and assistance.

One key point for everyone to remember if you are affected by a catastrophic event is safety. Evacuate, get safe then report in ADPAAS. 

To learn more about ADPAAS or to schedule unit training, contact the Directorate of Human Resource’s Military Processing Division at 912 767-6458, or 767-2160 or email at usarmy.stewart.imcom-atlantic.mbx.adpaas@mil.mil.



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