Are you Deployment Ready?
Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR)
Deployment can be a very emotional experience for both the deployed member and the family and friends left behind. Gaining an understanding of the different stages that accompany a deployment and realizing that those feelings and reactions are completely normal, can ease concerns felt by a soldier and loved ones.
R2MR is a program for both military members and their families to learn about the deployment (separation) cycle. Should you anticipate a separation the MFRC can offer the R2MR program on an individual or small group basis.
Is your family deployment ready?
EMERGENCY CHILD CARE PLAN
A Child Care Plan is a written document that outlines your childcare arrangements for regular, back-up and/ or emergency situations. A good childcare plan ensures that you are ready for any “what if” situation.
For more information, please contact our Deployment Support Coordinator Cassie Reeves at email@example.com or (403) 410-2320 ext. 3558.
OP FAMILY READINESS
OP Family Readiness is a resource created by the Calgary MFRC to help military families organize all of their important documents and vital information in one spot.
If your soldier is currently or soon-to-be deployed, take a look at this list of some things you should know.
For a comprehensive list, and more information about our OP Family Readiness Guide, contact our Deployment Support Coordinator Cassie Reeves at firstname.lastname@example.org or (403) 410-2320 ext. 3558.
Prior to a loved one contacting the insurance company, they must have Power of Attorney and consent from the CF member to speak with them. A life insurance policy and a last will and testament are two different things – changing one does not automatically change the other. If you or your spouse or parent is updating information, make sure to check both. It is beneficial to ensure you verify all information on your life insurance policies prior to deployment.
It is essential that all family members have a current passport. For children to be permitted outside of the country with only one parent, they must have a signed out-of-country letter by both parents. It is also a good idea for extended family members to have a valid passport in the event of an emergency and if they need to go with you overseas.
POWER OF ATTORNEY
A power of attorney (POA) is a signed document that gives one person the authority to make decisions on behalf of the other. This document provides the security that you may need to make financial, medical, educational or legal decisions for your family. A power of attorney completed with the military will not cover all civilian matters and vice versa. It is a good idea to ask questions about the difference between general POA, specific POA and enduring POA to decide which is best for you. It is recommended that you contact your bank to discuss if they require a specific banking power of attorney that needs to be completed. Each bank has different policies.
INCOME TAX INFORMATION
Make sure that both yourself and someone from your family are authorized to access and make tax payments on behalf of you the deployed member. There are two ways to do this. You can set up an online account with the Canada Revenue Agency and fill out the required documentation, or you can fill out the T1013 Form ‘Authorizing or Cancelling a Representative.’ If you are filling out this form after the deployment has already begun, you can still complete this form with your legal representative signing in place of you the deployed member.
In the case of a household, it is important to make sure that both partners are listed as authorized users for your credit cards. If this is not changed, then the loved one at home may not be able to access the necessary funds or make necessary payments. Try to make these changes prior to departure, if possible, or talk to your partner about making these changes now.
If both partners are away, or the member is single and living alone, your insurance provider may require you to have the house checked on a regular basis in order to have full coverage. Speak to your insurance provider to find out how often your home should be checked and arrange to have a friend or neighbour drop by. You should also check and renew your home insurance policy to keep it up to date.
PETS AND DEPLOYMENT
Whether you are deployed for a short period of time or deployed for several months, remember that your pet and your pet caregivers may need resources while you are away. Situations to consider and prepare for include noting your grooming and nail trim routine and the contact information for your groomer as well as veterinarian contact information and vaccination schedule.