The Military Defines an Emergency as follows...
Story by: DEP MOB Staff
An Emergency is the Death, Critical Illness or Injury to an immediate Family member.
Critically ill or injured means the possibility of death or permanent disability.
Immediate Family is defined as wife/husband, parents, children, grandparents (who raised you or your spouse in place of parents) or guardian. The commander may approve other situations, not listed above, as emergency in nature.
The Commander/Rear Detachment Commander will maintain contact with the unit on a regular basis and can pass urgent messages to the unit for relay to your spouse. If your spouse's presence is necessary and appropriate military professionals (Doctor, American Red Cross, etc.) confirm it, we will get your deployed spouse home. As soon as the emergency passes your spouse may return to his/her unit that is deployed.
Resources to Contact
Army CommunityService (ACS) - Army Community Service is a multi-service organization designed to assist Soldiers and Family members by providing education/training programs that will enhance their ability to deal with day-to-day issues. This should be the first place to go for answers to your questions and help with your problems. Army Community Service reflects the Army tradition of caring for its own and encouraging self-help.
Army Emergency Relief (AER) - Interest free loans and/or grants (if the applicant qualifies). Information on the Scholarship Program for Dependent Children can be picked up at Army Emergency Relief. Civilian Employees are not eligible for this service. Reservists and National Guard members must be on orders for a period of Active Duty lasting at least 30 consecutive days to be eligible for Army Emergency Relief services.
American Red Cross (ARC) - The American Red Cross provides 24-hour services to active duty military personnel and their Families. They can assist with medical reports, birth notices, and emergency notification of your spouse during separations, as well as verification of emergency leave. The American Red Cross makes no recommendation regarding emergency leave or any other personnel action. Active military members and members of their immediate Family who need emergency communications services can call 1-877-272-7337 (toll-free) to reach the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Service Center. This will provide you with instant access to the newest, most advanced communications technology available.
All emergency communications will be processed through this toll-free number. This number should be used to verify an emergency situation back home and to confirm receipt of Emergency American Red Cross Communications received. Service members can arrange for financial assistance for emergency travel through this toll-free number. Incoming emergency will be delivered to the command from the Armed Forces Emergency Service Center.
Legal Assistance (Staff Judge Advocate) may be able to assist with:
-Wills and powers of attorney
-Immigration and naturalization
Legal Assistance personnel cannot assist with:
-Private income-producing activities
-Representation in civilian courts
Social Work Services - Life is full of stressful situations, challenges and emergencies. Mental health is one resource that can help you address those concerns when they affect your ability to cope on a day-to-day basis.
Chaplain Support Center - Chaplains are available to assist you with personal problems and counseling. They are an invaluable source of information about where to go for help, and should be your first stop for personal counseling.
Army Community Service
Deployment & Mobilization Family Readiness
7264 Normandy Drive
Fort Riley, Kansas 66442
785-239-9435 or 785-240-5449 DSN (856)