WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --
An Air Force-wide migration of the Emergency Mass Notification System requires Air Force Materiel Command military and civilian personnel to take critical steps to update their after-hours contact information for emergency notifications.
The mandatory change applies to all active and reserve duty military personnel and non-bargaining unit civilians across the command. Where bargaining obligations exist, compliance will be highly encouraged, but it is not mandatory for bargaining unit employees until the bargaining obligations have been satisfied.
Personnel must ensure their information is up-to-date in the new cloud-based EMNS prior to Feb. 22, 2019 to ensure they can be reached, regardless of their physical location, in the event an emergency or tragic event occurs.
“In the event of a natural disaster such as a hurricane or a tornado, or if there is a serious attack or threat to an installation, we need to be able to reach all of our employees to make sure they are safe and accounted,” said Master Sgt. Todd Wireman, a command and control operations training and standardization manager at AFMC. “The EMNS is a key tool for helping keep our people safe and informed in emergency situations.”
To update their information, personnel can access the globe icon on their system desktop screens and choose the “Access Self-Service” option. Minimum registration fields include: member name, appropriate organizational hierarchy, duty status, work e-mail and after-hours phone contact.
Personnel are required to provide an after-hours phone number, though additional, optional information such as an alternate telephone number or email address can be added as well. Providing after-duty hours emergency notification information for contractors and non-appropriated personnel is strictly voluntary, but highly encouraged. Foreign Nationals may also participate and may remove themselves from the EMNS at any time.
“We need to be able to reach all of our personnel as soon as possible—ideally immediately, but no longer than 10 minutes after a threat or incident is identified and verified, so can we provide instructions,” said Wireman. “We want to keep you informed and safe.”
The Air Force began the initial roll-out of the new enterprise-wide EMNS system to Air Force major commands at the end of 2018, with Air Combat Command among the first to fully migrate their personnel to the new system. AFMC personnel are migrating now, along with Pacific Air Forces and U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa, with the entire Air Force migration due to complete in mid-Feb.
The new system uses a BlackBerry AtHoc client that will integrate with current Giant Voice Systems and allow for translation of text-to-speech so notifications can also be broadcast over speaker systems. The Air Force enterprise EMNS will be used force-wide until a Department of Defense enterprise EMNS solution is fielded and integrated across the services.
For additional information, personnel can contact the AFMC program manager, Master Sgt. Todd Wireman at DSN 312-968-0075.