When calamities arise AFPC stands ready to reply

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- When natural disasters, emergencies or crisis situations overwhelm an Air Force base's communications capabilities, the Air Force Personnel Center here provides Airmen and their families instant toll-free accountability.

Once activated, AFPC Operation Center - Personnel Readiness Cell specialists maintain round-the-clock accessibility at (800) 435-9941. The PRC also monitors changes to personnel programs, policies and procedures as they relate to the situation and to the affected Airmen.

Hurricanes provide a recognizable condition where the PRC may come into play. In the event of a base evacuation, personnel should first call their unit point of contact or the PRC once settled at their safe haven. They should be ready to provide their current address, an emergency phone number and other pertinent data.

Base command post personnel should also contact the PRC at DSN 665-2020 or commercial (210) 565-2020 to ensure the PRC staff has the necessary information to act on their behalf. Required information includes the time of the evacuation order, evacuation locations and any other information evacuated base personnel should need if they call the PRC.

"The Air Force Personnel Center's PRC plays a vital role in times of uncertainty enabling Air Force leaders to maintain contact with their most precious resource - their Airmen," said Vince Fonner, AFPC Operations Center director.

For more information on the PRC log on to the AFPC "Ask" Web site and type PRC into the Search function.