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Preparing for Deployment
Transcript of Preparing for Deployment
The first step is to visit us at the MFRC.
Why visit the MFRC ?
We are here to provide supports to the military members and their community during all phases of deployment.
From mission updates, staying in touch services, short term counseling, workshops to free respite childcare and social activities, there is something for everyone.
Where are we located
We have two locations in Greater Victoria
Next Step ...Family Networks
Each unit has a volunteer
Family Network Representative
who has a military member posted to that unit. This individual volunteers their time to keep families and loved ones up to date on what is happening within the MFRC and the greater community.
Some of the information you will receive from your rep is :
Next Step...Pre-Deployment Briefing
Next you will want to attend your unit's Pre-Deployment Briefing.
This is where the Command Team, MFRC and various Base Departments will provide information about the upcoming deployment as well as the services and supports that are available.
Now sit back and take a breath
I know this is a lot of information
We recommend several resources to assist you in planning and preparing for this deployment including the ship's handbook, the MFRC deployment handbook, a pre-deployment checklist and an "everything" binder
Lastly... here are some tips
Preparing for Deployment
Where to start !
Colwood Pacific Activity Center
2610 Rosebank Rd, Colwood
1505 Esquimalt Rd Esquimalt.
Our friendly Staff is here to assist.
This is the easiest way to keep loved ones updated on what is happening throughout the deployment. This will also provide us with the necessary information to reach loved ones if something happens.
Network events such as 1/2 parties, beach days, playgroups
Sunday Information Session times and locations
If there is an emergency, change in mission or any other reason for the command team to reach out to the families; the family network contact list is used.
This may seem premature at this stage but have you thought about how homecoming day works. This information is released 48hrs before homecoming and this comes directly through the Family networks.
These will include
They will discuss
Power of Attorney
Base Orderly Room
The BOR will attend to discuss
They will explain the medical and dental services for members.
We will talk about the many service we offer including:
24 hour information line
Staying in Touch Service
Family Navigator http://www.familynavigator.ca/
Mail Drop off
Away Cafes and Deployment Dinners
Deployment workshops for Adults and Children
Fleet Mail Office
They will explain the morale mail system for sending care packages
They will discuss the mission and the deployment particulars.
The first thing you need to do is update your information with the MFRC.
Why is this important ?
make sure to fill out both sides!!!
Start by filling out your Family Information form.
Assistant Judge Advocate General
You are now ready for the next step... DEPLOYMENT!
Questions or Concerns?
Don't hesitate to stop in or call the MFRC with your questions.
You can call us 24 hours 7 days a week at 250-363-2640 or toll free at 1-800-353-3329
or visit our website at www.esquimaltmfrc.com
Talk about it – keep the
lines of communication open
Be together. Family time is important
Check out the "D" word video
Build a solid support network for yourself.
Have concrete written plans for an unexpected family crisis or emergency.
Deployment Support Handbook
To Find your Family Network Rep
click the link below to visit our website and launch the e-learning tool
Available in English and French