Deployments are a busy time for a ship / unit and its personnel, but it can also be a demanding time for the families left behind. The aim of this toolkit therefore, is to provide families with basic information that is designed to help make a deployment as successful and as stress free as possible. This guide should not be seen as an exhaustive list but something that is aimed at providing help, support and guidance for those remaining as service personnel deploy.
Don't forget communication is vital, so if you have not already done so why not take a minute to set up an E-mail account for yourself and your family.
The Toolkit is split into six different areas - just click on the subject that interests you.
Are you satisfied that all your financial arrangements are in place before deployment? This section helps with budgeting, agreement of spending limits and all those monetary things that need to be sorted prior to sailing.
More Information: Financial Preparation
Do you know how to turn off the electricity or where the house insurance policy is? This section is a rough guide for families on some of the more fundamental information they might need to know before the deployment starts.
More Information: Domestic Preparation
Keeping In Touch
Do you know how to keep in touch with your loved ones? If not, then this section will tell you the various methods available and how to access them.
More Information: Keeping In Touch
The Emotional Side of Deployment
Worried about the emotional effects of separation and not sure what to expect? This section covers all the personal aspects and helps make you better prepared.
More Information: Emotional Side of Deployment
What about The Children?
Don't forget the children during the deployment! They have feelings too, and this section helps explain how you can best support them.
More Information: What About the Children
Making A Will
Should you have a will? The short answer is YES. This section explains how to go about making one.
More Information: Guide to Making A Will