Ready Army at Fort Riley is an extension of the U.S. Army’s ongoing disaster preparedness Ready Army Campaign that enables Soldiers and families to prepare for unforeseen difficulties. Emergencies affect hundreds of people every year. It’s important to be aware of the potential dangers that could affect you and your family at Fort Riley.
Many events can trigger emergency situations with the potential to escalate into disaster. Hazards such as power outages or disease outbreaks can happen anywhere at any time, so you should become familiar with the spectrum of possible dangers and how you will be notified about them. Fort Riley also experiences all kinds of weather, from snow, heat and rain to thunderstorms and tornadoes — all of which can cause emergency situations.
While the potential threats can seem overwhelming, keep in mind that most of what you address in your family emergency plan or put in your emergency kits will be useful regardless of the hazard. And in many cases, the same protective alternatives apply — evacuate or shelter in place.
When emergencies occur, military and civilian organizations respond, but it takes time to mobilize and these organizations tend to focus on the most critical needs first. Failure to prepare can put yourself, your family and your property in jeopardy. It’s up to you to prepare strong.
Ready Army seeks to inform the Army community of all hazards and to provide targeted preparedness information to Soldiers, their families, civilians and contractors worldwide. Ready Army encourages everyone to: “Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed.”
GET A KIT
To prepare your family for an emergency, get one or more emergency kits that include enough supplies to meet your essential needs (food, clothing, shelter and medical aid) for at least three days.
Think reusable and multi-use. A metal bowl can do double duty as a cup and saucepan. A brightly colored poncho can be used as water-repellent clothing, a marker or even a temporary shelter.
Keep a kit prepared at home, and consider having kits in your car and at work. These kits will enable you and your family to respond to an emergency quickly. Your various emergency kits will be useful whether you have to evacuate or shelter in place.
Where to find additional information:
• Fort Riley’s Ready Army site:
• Department of Homeland Security’s Readiness site:
• Federal Emergency Management Agency:
• American Red Cross:
MAKE A PLAN
Make and practice a family emergency plan. Consider the range of potential emergencies and all the places you and your family might be, such as in your home, in your car or outdoors.
Some emergencies require different responses than others, but a family communications procedure will be helpful in any case. Knowing how to keep in touch and find one another will help your family stay safe and cope with the confusion and fear that comes when emergencies strike.
Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared.
Know the possible hazards in your area and areas you frequent. Understand the Mass Warning Notification Systems in your area, know the locations of the emergency shelters in your area and your family requirements, and know your media sources to obtain emergency information. Sign up for AtHoc SMS text message and email alerts at:
• Your work PC (on post only).
• Any DOD PC with dual CAC card readers.
Laptop kiosks at:
• In-processing, Building 210.
• The ID Card Center, Building 212.
• The SRP site, Building 229.
• Account setup DOES NOT require a CAC card.
• Your sponsor’s work PC.
Purchase a weather alert radio and program it for your area. The weather radio will alert you when you’re sleeping and unable to hear outdoor mass notification systems (sirens). These radios are available at the PX, Walmart, Radio Shack and many area grocery stores.
• Junction City: KJCK AM 1420 and FM 97.5
• Manhattan: KMAN AM 1350 and FM 93.3, KMKF FM 101.5 and KQLA FM 104.7
• Abilene: WXL-71 162.525 MHz
• Topeka: WXK-91 162.475 MHz
• Hallstead: KGG-98 162.425 MHz for updates and area-specific information
• Topeka’s WIBW on CBS, KTKA on ABC and KSNT on NBC
• Wichita’s KWCH on CBS, KAKE on ABC and KSN on NBC
Fort Riley Emergency Information
In case of emergency, visit www.riley.army.mil/Units/Garrison-Command/Emergency-Services for the most up-to-date information
Weather Advisories and Road Conditions
Call 785-239-3700 or toll-free 866-562-7319. Always report your status following a disaster through your unit chain of command.
Get a kit: You should have an emergency kit for both your home and privately owned vehicle.
Make a plan: Ensure your family has an emergency action plan and the plan is rehearsed.
Be informed: Know who to call for information. Post emergency contact information for quick reference.
Learn more about Ready Army by visiting https://home.army.mil/riley/index.php/my-fort/all-services/ready-army.
FORT RILEY SEVERE WEATHER SHELTERS
During severe weather warnings (high winds, tornadoes or hail), personnel typically have no more than 10 minutes to seek shelter.
If you are in a building, immediately seek the designated tornado shelter, a basement or a first floor interior room with no windows. If you are caught outside during the duty day, seek any nearby occupied building. If you are outside during nonduty hours, seek one of five identified areas open 24/7: Custer Hill, Camp Funston, Main Post, Marshal Army Airfield and Camp Whitside.
Designated shelter buildings:
• Custer Hill: Buildings 8614, 7232 and 7613.
• Camp Funston: Concrete bunker shelters adjacent to Fourth Street and H Street.
• Main Post: Building 219 (police station).
• Airfield: Building 804.
• Camp Whitside: Building 600 (Irwin Army Hospital).
Develop a Family Disaster Plan
First, you’ll need current information about the hazards in your area. On Fort Riley, if you hear a siren, you should immediately seek shelter and tune in to military Channel 2, Riley TV, or your local radio station.
Get a Home Emergency Kit
• Weather radio with fresh batteries.
• Flashlight with fresh batteries.
• Candles and matches.
• Cellphone with car charger.
• First-aid kit.
• Drinking water (three gallons per person).
• Three-day supply of nonperishable food.
• Propane for gas grills.
• Blankets, hats, change of clothes and shoes.
• Cash (power loss disrupts electronic transactions).
Make a plan:
• Identify three emergency contacts that all family members report to and have them available. Post contacts’ numbers by each telephone. Provide contact numbers to your deployed Soldier so they can get updated status information concerning the families through the chain of command.
• Inspect fire alarms and fire extinguishers.
• Conduct a walkthrough of your home to identify hazards and correct them.
• If you see a downed power line, do not touch it. Call 785-239-3739 to report it.
• Ensure children know how to contact emergency services.
• Use only safe sources of alternative heat such as fireplaces; small, well-vented wood or coal stoves; and portable space heaters. Always follow manufacturers’ instructions.