Coping with Emergencies

Emergencies can be especially stressful for military families when their service member is away from home. If you have an emergency, don't be afraid to ask for help. Contact your family support center for assistance. Guard and Reserve families and those living away from an installation may also contact the Joint Family Support Assistance Program. Both programs can provide resources, referrals and guidance on how to handle your particular emergency.

The American Red Cross has provided emergency messages to military members since the Spanish-American War. The American Red Cross sends messages quickly, anywhere in the world, including to ships at sea, embassies, and isolated military units. The American Red Cross forwards family messages concerning a death, serious illness, or the birth of a child. Service members and their immediate family members may call the Armed Forces Emergency Service Center any time of day or night, 365 days a year at 877.272.7337. Most military installations have a Red Cross office on base. Find a Red Cross office near you at: http://www.redcross.org/where/chapts.asp#afes

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