Disaster Preparedness Resources for Beneficiaries

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As the Coast Guard says, “Semper Paratus” or “Always Ready.” With natural disasters consistently making headlines, the National Military Family Association thought our military families could use a one-stop resource for disaster preparedness information. It is important for all families to know the resources available and where to turn in the event of a disaster.

An important resource for all of us is the Natural Disasters & Severe Weather page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and CDC also recommends www.ready.gov, which provides three easy steps to stay prepared: Get a kit; make a plan; and be informed. Check it out and be ready. 

USAA has also identified 11 must-have apps to help you survive a storm. If you live in a disaster-prone area — your best friend during a crisis might be your smartphone - be sure to download these apps to use before, during and after a crisis.

 It is also important for military service members, National Guard, Reserve members, and their families to have immediate access to any changes to their TRICARE benefit in case of a disaster. Visit TRICARE’s website at www.tricare.mil, which TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) will update frequently with disaster-related TRICARE information. TMA also has a fact sheet outlining important TRICARE disaster information. Find the fact sheet here  and be prepared.

Members of the Uniformed Services and their families live globally; therefore, it is important to have access to specific information on your TRICARE region’s website as well. Find your region’s website below:

TRICARE North Region - HealthNet Federal Services

TRICARE South Region - Humana Military Healthcare Services

TRICARE West Region - UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans

TRICARE Overseas Region - International SOS

Contact International SOS

In the event of a natural disaster, TRICARE US Family Health Plan will post disaster-related information on their homepage.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network ofnters. The Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services. 

The Helpline is available 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week resource to respond to people who need crisis counseling after experiencing a natural or man-made disaster or tragedy, such as the tragedy that occurred at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Access the Disaster Distress Helpline.

Pharmacy information is also important in the event of a disaster. Express-Scripts TRICARE Pharmacy Program will post information on their website under News from DoD on disaster-related pharmacy information. TRICARE’s website will also post pharmacy-related beneficiary information in the event of an emergency. Money Management in Times of Disaster

Our Association recommends you follow FEMA and CDC’s advice: get a kit; make a plan; and be informed. Know which natural disasters are prevalent in your area and stay prepared. Click here for more information about Money Management during times of disaster. Please let us know if this information was helpful on Facebook, Twitter, or via email at info@militaryfamily.org.

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