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Department of the Air Force
Air Force Aid Society
A&FRC, Area F, Bldg 1431
Via Capt A. Barbarisi
Aviano Italy 33081
If you need emergency assistance, you can expect to get help from your installation, your branch of service resources. There are programs to support you in a variety of situations, including victim assistance, emergencies en route and service-specific relief societies. Below, you’ll find types of assistance, contact information, and detailed procedures and guidance to help you through any tough circumstances that you or your family may face.
Hand-carry your important papers: orders, ID cards, passports, financial information, insurance, etc. Keep the telephone numbers of your relatives, your sponsor, your gaining unit, and the Aviano Command Post with you and know where they are. These numbers could be invaluable in case of an emergency while travelling. It is recommended to download the USAF Connect App prior to arrival so you will have local emergency contact information. Once the App is downloaded, click on favorites at the bottom right corner and select 31 Fighter Wing (FW). This is a great App for the base directory, base notifications and the Newcomers First 31 section.
Air Force Aid Society/Army Emergency Relief/Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society Each branch of service has an emergency relief society - a private organization which assists service members, families and retirees/widows with a financial hardship due to emergency or unforeseen circumstances. These societies can provide financial emergency assistance based upon need, through either loans or, when there is a particular hardship, grants. Categories of financial assistance include: basic living expenses (food, shelter, utilities), uninsured medical/dental, funeral expenses, emergency transportation, essential car repairs, pay and allotment problems, and disasters. To apply for assistance; apply online at www.afas.org. If there are any questions or issues during the application process, please contact AFAS Headquarters in Virginia at 703-972-2650 or email: afas@-afas-hq.org.
American Red Cross The American Red Cross can also help in times of emergency.
The American Red Cross needs as much of the following information as possible to initiate an emergency communication message:
The phone number and name of any person to be contacted for verification (e.g., Rosemont Hospital in Parameter, NJ, xxx-xx-xxxx, or Dr. Joseph Smith, private practice in Parameter, NJ, xxx-xx-xxxx.) If the message is concerning an illness, the person that the message is about must also provide consent to the American Red Cross to proceed with the emergency communication message.
NOTE: American Red Cross verification is not necessarily required for the command to make emergency leave determination or for the member to request emergency financial assistance. The decision for leave or financial assistance rests solely with the command or agency; however, many commanders and first sergeants will require verification of an emergency situation.
Who to contact first in an emergency
Immediate assistance: to contact on-base emergency personnel, call 911 or 043-430-1911; to contact off-base emergency personnel, call 112. A number of agencies are available to assist you during emergencies. Your commander and first sergeant can help you determine the best resource for your need. They will advise you of the steps to take and what assistance is available through different sources. For emergency leave requests, notify your commander or first sergeant.