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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy has ordered all personnel and civilian employees to update and verify their personal contact information by Oct. 31 to aid in disaster relief planning, Navy officials said.

The semi-annual Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) verification is a tool used to monitor and manage the recovery process for personnel and their families should disaster strike, according to a Navy news release.

It was used to account for upwards of 300,000 Navy personnel and their families following Hurricane Irene and 40,000 affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the release said.

“We cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining the most accurate and up-to-date contact information in NFAAS,” said Fred Chambers, director of customer relations management at the Navy Personnel Command. “It is not only beneficial to those of us running NFAAS, but extremely beneficial to personnel because it can help determine how quickly they will receive assistance during a disaster.”

The NAVADMIN 275/11 regulation requires all active-duty and reserve sailors — in addition to Navy civilian employees — to log in to the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System website to complete the process, the release said. All Navy contractors outside the U.S. are also required to complete the verification process.

The directive also instructs commands to incorporate NFAAS updates into the check-in and check-out process during permanent change of station moves.

For more information, see NAVADMIN 275/11, contact the NPC customer service center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC, or visit the NPC website.

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