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Department of the Air Force
Air Force Aid Society (AFAS)
1000 Ellsworth Street
Ellsworth AFB, SD 57706-4808
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.
For immediate emergency assistance, please call Security Forces at 605-385-4001. In addition, assistance is provided through the Base Legal Office, Special Victim's Council at 605-385-6089.
While you're en route to Ellsworth and if an emergency should occur, contact the nearest military installation, local support agencies (police, hospital, American Red Cross, your member automobile association or road service, etc.), or your gaining unit, depending on the emergency.Important Documents/Hand CarryIt's also wise for you to carry with you your important papers (i.e, orders, passports, medical records, school records, legal documents, etc.), and important phone numbers of helping agencies in case of an emergency.Air Force Aid SocietyThe Air Force Aid Society, the official charity of the Air Force, can provide financial emergency assistance based upon need, through either a loan or grant, when there is a particular hardship. Some categories of financial assistance include: basic living expenses (food, shelter, utilities), essential vehicle repairs, travel emergencies, and some medical/dental care.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross can also help in times of emergency. If you are traveling and not within a 50 mile radius of a military installation that provides Air Force Aid, please contact the American Red Cross at 1-877-272-7337 for emergency assistance. Quick communications with home about family emergencies are available 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, including verification of death or serious illness of immediate family, birth announcements to fathers deployed overseas, and health and welfare reports resulting from a lack of communication over a long period of time.