An upcoming full scale emergency exercise in November at White Sands Missile Range will test the capabilities of a self-accountability system and a mass notification system.
WSMR personnel and family members are asked to sign up and keep current contact information on ADPAAS, a self-accountability system. Employees will register for the AtHoc Interactive Warning System, a mass notification system.
“Registration is ongoing now as we build up to the WSMR full scale exercise,” said Dennis Stockwell, Chief of Plans and Operations at WSMR. “After the exercise, we will know what the systems can and can’t do for us.”
This will be the first time ADPAAS is tested at WSMR during a full-scale exercise.
“Other Installations in IMCOM have tested ADPAAS and state it has been very successful, and all participants were accounted for,” said Gaylynn Smith, Chief of Military Personnel Division.
ADPAAS is a self-accountability system currently in use by the Department of Defense. All DoD employees and Soldiers are automatically identified in ADPAAS.
During the full-scale exercise, ADPAAS will be activated and all personnel will be notified by their assigned representative that they must update their information, location of their family members, and if they are in need of assistance from the Command.
Individuals can access ADPAAS online at https://adpaas.army.mil.
Smith will be sending out instructions through Global email with the designated representative for each Directorate. He expects to send out several new improvements to ADPAAS by the end of next week. The improvements include instructions on gaining access to the system using an iPad and smart phones.
AtHoc, a mass notification system, is available to employees on their office desktop computers. Employees will receive notifications via several methods of communication including email and telephone calls during the full scale exercise. The notifications may include instructions or simply require users to acknowledge they received the message. Users are expected to respond to the messages accordingly.
Employees can access AtHoc by clicking on the small triangle on the right side of the computer taskbar to reveal a purple ball icon. After clicking on the icon, they will be prompted to complete the registration process.
For assistance with AtHoc contact McDonald Jacob at 678-3674.
For assistance with ADPAAS contact Gaylynn Smith at 678-7645.