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NEWS | Dec. 17, 2019

RED Alert: Update your Record of Emergency Data

By Natasha A. Freeman Casualty Assistance & Survivor Benefits Counselor

Airmen should review and update their virtual Record of Emergency Data information annually, before deploying and each time they experience a major life change, such as marriage or divorce, permanent change of station or birth of a child.

The Record of Emergency Data, or RED, which replaced Department of Defense Form 93, is required to be kept updated by each service member and can be accomplished by visiting the Virtual MPF on the AF Portal at

The vRED replaced the paper-based form in 2003 as the way for active, Guard and Reserve Airmen to provide personal emergency information.

The vRED can be accessed through myPers at or via the virtual Military Personnel Flight on the Air Force Portal.  On the myPers home page, Airmen should click the “Update my virtual Record of Emergency Data” link and follow the instructions. On vMPF, select “Record of Emergency Data” at the bottom left of the screen. The form takes most people about 15 minutes to fill out and requires addresses and phone numbers for emergency contacts.

For those who do not have access to a vMPF account, such as new accessions or trainees, a completed DD Form 93 must be completed until they establish an online account. It is the responsibility of the member to verify the information contained on the Record of Emergency Data annually for accuracy.

Airmen are required to keep their REDs current at all times and review their contact data at least annually. The RED replaced the paper-based form in 2003 as the way for active, Guard and Reserve Airmen to provide personal emergency information.

Accurate information helps ensure families are cared for during a crisis and prevents unnecessary delays. Having up-to-date information is critical when Air Force casualty officials need to contact family members when an Airman goes missing, suffers a serious illness or injury, or dies. It also assists with prompt casualty reporting and notification, as well as compassionate follow-on assistance to surviving family members.

Additionally, every Airman should review the RED during the initial enlistment or employment review, upon reporting to a new duty station, when ordered to periods of temporary duty in excess of 30 days, prior to all deployments, regardless of length, prior to departure on permanent change of station orders.

For more information, contact a Joint Base San Antonio casualty assistance representative. At JBSA-Lackland, call 210-671-3216/3243/3796; while at JBSA-Randolph and JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, call 210-652-2104/5321.

Airman can also visit for additional information.