In Case of Emergency

What do you do in the event of a family emergency? Even if you are able to contact your child via cell phone or email there is a procedure to follow. The military uses your local Red Cross to bridge the gap between you and your military son or daughters chain of command. Click on this link to learn how this process works.

Be prepared by having as much of the following information as possible.

  • Full legal name
  • Rank/rating
  • Branch of service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard)
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Military unit address
  • Information about the deployed unit and home base unit (for deployed service members only)

You will also be asked to give the contact information for the local hospital or funeral home depending on the circumstances.

The Red Cross can also provide emergency financial assistance to include emergency travel funds.

Notification Process

We all hope never to have to deal with this. There is one simple thing you can do to make it a little easier-ask your son or daughter to include you on the notification form they all fill out. They can choose who needs to be notified and are not limited to one person. has an excellent explanation of the process