Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System (ADPAAS)


OVERVIEW

What is it?

The Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System (ADPAAS) is the Army's way of accounting for personnel and families members after catastrophes. It is a web-based, user-friendly system that enables the Army to collect accurate and timely reports in times of emergency. All Soldiers, civilians, family members and overseas defense contractors must report their status and whereabouts following any natural or man-made disaster, if directed to do so by the Secretary of Defense or their Major Commands.

What has the Army done?

DOD mandated that each of the services procure an automated accountability system after difficulties accounting for personnel during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita during the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. APDAAS posterTo comply, the Army established ADPAAS in 2008 and it is populated with personnel information from both the Active and Reserve components. ADPAAS was first put to use after Hurricane Ike in September 2008 and successfully accounted for over 24,000 people. It has also been tested through exercises, including several Army Headquarters and National Level Exercises. Since 2008, ADPAAS has been used to account for Army personnel after numerous real-world disasters. ADPAAS was recently used to account and track evacuation of Army family members after the Japan earthquake in January 2011 and when Hurricane Irene hit Puerto Rico in 2011. The Army also employed the use of ADPAAS for many natural and man-made disasters, to include terrorist related events across affecting major commands across the entire Army. Such events like the Boston Marathon Bombings, the Colorado Wildfires in 2013, severe summer and early winter storms, hurricanes, and typhoons of 2013.

Why is this important to the Army?

ADPAAS is the only way the Army will accept status reports from Soldiers, civilians, families and overseas defense contractors following a disaster. It enables commanders to identify and account for those in their command that have been affected by a disaster through consolidation of reports submitted by Soldiers, civilians, family members and overseas defense contractors via the Internet and phone. In addition, ADPAAS allows sponsors and family members affected by a catastrophe to request assistance via a Needs Assessment Survey, which in turn helps leaders prioritize the type and quantity of resources and assistance where most needed.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The ADPAAS team will visit installations this year to train personnel and answer questions. All Army personnel and families are urged to visit the ADPAAS website to become familiar with how it works. The Army can only ensure accurate and timely accountability of its Soldiers, civilians, families and contractors if everyone knows how to use the system before disasters strike. There is also a mobile application for ADPAAS to make it easier for Soldiers, civilians, contractors, and family members to access, self account, and fill out a Needs Assessment Survey (If needed). You can use any smart phone to access the ADPAAS mobile application. Simply go to https://adpaas.army.mil.

The ADPAAS Army Family Member (AFM) Computer Based Training (CBT) is now available to train Army Family Members in the use of ADPAAS to self assess in the time of natural or man-made disaster. This AFM CBT can be launched from the ADPAAS website.

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