NFAAS (Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System) is designed to assess the needs of Navy families in case a disaster hit and NFAAS can be accessed by logging onto their website.
The importance of NFAAS has emerged in the wake of disaster preparedness exercise Citadel Rumble 10. The Citadel Rumble 10 will be exercised throughout Southern California involving all the Naval installations from August 30th to September 2nd 2010.
Citadel Rumble 10 is devised by Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) and US Fleet Forces Command (USFF) to gauge the disaster preparedness of Navy in case a disaster hit them and their families including the infrastructure.
Citadel Rumble 10 is the second of its kind as it followed Citadel Inferno that was modeled on the wildfire season of 2007.
The NRSW training and readiness program director Ed Caviness said that recently Naval Air Facility El Centro experienced an earthquake that made us realize that a disaster can hit any time without a warning and must be ready for that.
Citadel Rumble 10 would involve specific scenarios created for the exercise and that will include tow earthquakes in the Northwest and Southwest regions while Midwest region will exercise preparedness for wildfire and CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive) in the Midwest region.
NFAAS will play a huge part in the exercise according to Caviness who urged the family members of the naval personnel that they must use NFAAS to update information about them and their families.
The NRSW family emergency response coordinator, Jim Guerin said that sailors and their families should use the exercise for basic steps in the times of emergency urging that such exercises teach families simple lesson of how to prepare for the disaster in three simple steps; be informed, have a plan and make the disaster management kit.
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