Emergency Evacuation Program (EEP)
Emergency Evacuation Program (EEP), formerly Noncombatant Evacuation Operations (NEO), is the ordered (mandatory) or authorized (voluntary) departure of civilians and nonessential military personnel from Japan (including Okinawa) to a designated safe haven, typically within the United States. The Department of State (DOS) recommends an evacuation and U.S. Army Japan coordinates the execution of EEP.
The purpose of these Web Pages is to share information and ensure those in U.S. Army in Japan is prepared for an evacuation. For more information or to recommend a change, please contact the EEP coordinator at 263-4848.
In case of Emergency on the military installation dial 911 or 046-407-2911.
Emergency Action Center
Within Japan: 046-407-3137
Within Japan: 046-407-3002
Emergency Evacuation Program (EEP) Packets are important because they allow for a smooth and timely departure from Japan during an evacuation. Please download the EEP Packet and fill out the forms. Your unit EEP Warden should have given you a copy during in processing. Your EEP Packet should be inspected annually and updated whenever your family arrangements change.
EEP Packet Download
Download Forms Individually
Your family already should have one or more emergency kits that include enough supplies for at least three days. Keep a kit prepared at home and consider also having kits in your car, at work, and a portable version in your home ready to take with you. Keep all items listed below in your hand-carried baggage:
In a backpack or small suitcase
- Lightweight, high-energy, packaged food for all travelers (sufficient to keep you going - if not satiated - for three days)
- Baby toiletries (diapers, etc.) three-day supply
- Personal toilet articles (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
- Feminine hygiene articles
- First aid kit
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Extra clothing
- Blankets (seasonal)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1. Is Emergency Evacuation Program (EEP) mandatory?
A1. Department of State (DOS) and/or Department of Defense (DOD) may order an evacuation of U.S. citizens in the event of a contingency. U.S. personnel can waive their right to be evacuated, in advance, by signing the "Waiver of Evacuation Opportunity" form in TAB 6 section of the EEP Packet link. Single Soldiers do not have to fill out an EEP Packet, unless they are currently in certain categories such as a pregnant female Soldier.
Q2. Is completing the EEP Packet mandatory?
A2. Completing the EEP Packet, or alternatively signing the waiver form, is required by command policy.
Q3. Why the emphasis on EEP in Japan?
A3. The local senior service commander has the prerogative to elevate his force protection measures and mission readiness and procedures. Currently, there are no specific or imminent threats, warning or indicators of a contingency that would necessitate an EEP. However, the perceived 'safety' of Japan should not lull us into a complacent posture. Japan is an earthquake and typhoon country (i.e. March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake); weather patterns have wrecked havoc around the world; North Korea has launched missiles over Japan; and there are possibilities of pandemic threats. It is only prudent military planning to raise the level of awareness and readiness for any unusual occurrence.
Q4. What if personnel (military or civilian) refuse to comply?
A4. Completing the EEP Packet is mandatory.
Q5. How long does it take to fill out the forms?
A5. There are various forms to fill in, but most are just asking for basic biographical information on the sponsor and family member(s). Some are not necessary to fill out (for example, if you do not have a pet). Assuming that information is readily available, it should take about 1 hour to fill in the required information.
Q6. Do I need to provide originals of my passports, visas, ID cards, marriage and birth certificates?
A6. No, copies are sufficient for the EEP Packet inspection.
Q7. Who will see my Personal Identification Information (PII)?
A7. Inspection personnel are just interested in ensuring that the documentation is in your EEP Packet. Your EEP Packet will be safeguarded by you and carried through en evacuation.
Q8. Can I use duty time to complete the EEP Packet documentation?
A8. Yes. It’s a required task.
Q9. Will there be other EEP requirements in the future?
A9. Yes, there may be periodic EEP Packet inspections and EEP processing exercises.
Q10. I’ve always known this program as noncombatant evacuation operations or NEO. Is this an additional program?
A10. No. The EEP is the version now being used in Japan and replaces what was previously known as NEO. However, NEO is still used in Korea for their designated program.
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