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Pre-Deployment Checklist

The checklist below is designed to help you make sure you are ready for mobilization, completing this page will help you prepare just in case.

*PRE-DEPLOYMENT CHECKLIST



1. Have you discussed your feelings on the deployment and your spouse's return?

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2. Have the children been included in discussions on where you are going,

when you are coming home, why you are leaving?
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3. Have you reached an agreement on frequency of letter writing/phone calls?
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4. Do you have current family snap shots ?
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5. Have you recorded your children's favorite bedtime stories/songs on cassettes?
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6. Do both the deploying member and remaining parent or guardian understand what the

Family Readiness Support Service Center, Family Readiness Group, Air Force Aid Society,

American Red Cross, Chaplain etc. can do for you and how to contact them?

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Security


1. Has the home been given a security check?
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2. Do all window locks work?
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3. Do the windows open or are they painted shut?
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4. Do all door locks work properly?
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5. Do you have keys for all doors or combinations for all padlocks?
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6. Does the smoke alarms function and do you know how to test them?
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7. Are all emergency numbers posted where they can easily be referred too?
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8. Is there an appropriate message on the answering machine?
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(Having a male voice sometimes discourages crank phone calls)

9. Do you need to change your phone number to an unlisted number?
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(If so, make sure member's unit has this new number in case of emergencies)



Medical



1. Do you know and understand how to use the medical facilities, TRICARE,

TRICARE Prime, and TRICARE Standard?
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2. Do you know who your children's pediatrician is and what his/her phone number is?
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3. Do you know your children's dentist/orthodontist and their schedule?
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Financial



1. Have you determined who will pay the bills?
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2. Do you have a spending plan?
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3. Do you both understand the spending plan?
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4. Does you spending plan consider the following? ________________________________________________

Rent/Mortgage _____

Utilities _____

Food _____

Automobile Maintenance _____

Insurance _____

Loan Payments _____

Emergencies _____

Long Distance Phone Calls _____

Postage _____

Telegrams _____

Travel (Leave) _____

Entertainment _____

Presents _____

Savings _____

5. Has an allotment been established?
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6. Will the allotment be in effect in time?
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7. Is there a "backup" plan if the allotment is late?
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8. Have you established two checking accounts?
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9. Have you decided upon a procedure for income taxes?
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Legal


1. Do you know spouse's social security number?
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2. Have you provided for Power of Attorney?
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3. Do you have current wills?
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4. Have guardians for the children been named in the will?
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5. Does everyone who qualifies have a government identification (ID) card?
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6. Will any ID cards need renewing?
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7. If ID needs renewing, has Form DD 1172 been completed?
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8. Is military member's record of emergency data on record and current?
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Household Maintenance



1. Do you know who to call if something breaks?

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2. Do you know how to operate the furnace?

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3. Does the furnace have clean filters?

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4. Does the furnace need periodic supplies of oil/gas?

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5. Is the hot water heater operating properly?

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6. Any pipes or faucets leaking?

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7. Toilets operate correctly?

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8. All drains operate correctly?

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9. Are the following appliances operating correctly?

Stove _____
Refrigerator _____
Freezer _____
Dishwasher _____
Clothes Washer _____
Clothes Dryer _____
Television _____
Air Conditioner _____

10. Does everyone know where the fuse box is?

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11. Are the switches of the fuse box labeled?

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12. Are there extra fuses?

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13. Is there adequate outside lighting?

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14. Is there a list of repair persons?

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15. Are there tools in the house?

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16. Is the lawn mower tuned?

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17. Is there an adequate amount of firewood?

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Personal matters checklist - I Have:
Completed the Personal Information Checklist  
Discussed Communication during mobilization 
Contacted my family center of family support group 
Prepared a Family Care Plan
Obtained ID cards for each family member 
Completed the Emergency Information Worksheet
Learned how benefits will change during mobilization

Legal Matters - I Have:
Created and/or updated my will
Designated a power of attorney
Completed my estate planning 
Designated legal guardians for children
Completed the Personal and Family Documents Worksheet 
Safely stored important documents. 
Completed the Property Worksheet. 
Completed the Record of Emergency Data (also called page 2)

Financial Matters - I Have:
Discussed financial matters with loved ones.
Established needed allotments 
Developed a budget 
Selected life insurance 
Selected health insurance 
Learned about medical and dental care. 
Enrolled my family in DEERS 
Arranged for paying bills/taxes 

Practical Matters - I Have:
Put security measures in place 
Check smoke detectors and replaced batteries, as needed 
Made sure appliances are in good repair.
Made sure automobile(s) are in good repair.
Provided a current list of people to contact for household repairs.
Made arrangements for household repair
Made arrangements for moving, if necessary. 
Made a list of health-care providers