Wounded, III, or Injured



If you or someone close to you has a disability or special needs, you should make special preparations in case of an emergency. Wounded, ill, or injured individuals could have increased complications during an evacuation. Those with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, visual, hearing, or mental disabilities may be especially nervous or reluctant to leave familiar surroundings. They may also be de­pendent on devices or medications that need to travel with them. To adequately prepare for every possible emergency situation, consider making the following arrangements.



How to Prepare

  1. Stay informed. ALL Marines (active duty and Reserve), civil service, and contrac­tor personnel with a NIPR computer account—verify and update official contact information populated in the Marine Corps Enterprise Mass Notification System (eMNS) by information found in the Global Address List (GAL), and self-register all cell phones, home phone, email addresses, etc. in eMNS. Registration of personal information enhances Marine Corps Installations’ ability to rapidly provide emergency information and changes to the base's operating status during non-working hours and wherever you are.

  2. Make the necessary preparations and know what needs to happen during an emergency.

  3. Make a written emergency plan.

  4. Discuss your needs with family members, neighbors, and co-workers.

  5. Know more than one location of a medical facility that provides the services you need.

  6. Have a list with the types and models of any equipment or devices you need.

  7. Make sure those around you know how to operate any necessary equipment.

  8. Build an emergency kit.

  9. Inventory what you use every day to live independently. Identify the essential things that you will need to be able to survive for three to five days or longer, if people cannot get to you.

  10. Add any necessary supplies such as wheelchair batteries, catheters, oxygen, medication, food for service animals, or other special supplies to your emergency kit.

  11. Do not assume that you or your loved one has been factored into an evacuation plan.

  12. If you are physically disabled, study the evacuation plan of any building from which you might evacuate. If necessary, know if and where an Evacuation Chair (EVAC+CHAIR) is located, and make sure someone knows how to operate it.

  13. Prepare any instructions you need to give rescuers or others who may be around you. Use concise verbal directions, or carry written instruc­tions with you at all times. A Wounded, Ill, or Injured Needs Form is provided for your convenience. 

  14. If you or your loved one are a seri­ously wounded, ill, or injured Marine, the Marine Corps Wound­ed Warrior Regiment may be able to help in coordinating non-medical care. Call before an emergency strikes.



If you are a caregiver, consider completing a caregiver contingency plan to docu­ment all those details of your loved ones’ care you know by heart in the event that someone else needs to fill in for you in an emergency. Click on the links below in the Resources tab for a sample caregiver contingency plan (CCP) and other resources. 


Preparing your workplace for an emergency

  • Become a member of your office emergency preparedness team. You best know your needs before, during, and after an emergency.

  • Know all emergency exits and ramp locations. 

  • Ensure that emergency notification systems and procedures have been established to accommodate your needs, i.e. sound-based systems for visual impairments, text-based systems for auditory impairments, or simple cues for cognitive impairments.

  • If you require help evacuating the building, create and practice a plan with a designated support team.

  • Have a “Go Kit” with you at work with essential items you would need if you had to evacuate.

  • Identify an area where public safety officials can assist you in any building you visit regularly.


During an emergency

  • If told to evacuate, do so if it is pos­sible with the help of others.

  • If you are unable to evacuate, wait where you are for rescuers. 

  • Take your emergency kit, including any necessary items, with you.

  • Stay as calm as possible to be a help to those around you.

  • Once you are in a safe place, follow your command’s protocols for personnel accountability and contact your command’s designated Point of Contact to check-in and report your location and situation.



Battalion East Contact Center

(AOR – East of the Mississippi River,
including Europe)

Mon - Fri, 0800-1600 (Eastern Time)




Battalion West Contact Center

(AOR – West of the Mississippi River, 
including Japan, Guam and Hawaii)

Mon - Fri, 0800-1600 (Pacific Time)


Set your own course through any hazard: stay informed, make a plan, build a kit. Live Ready Marine Corps.