Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
McCoy’s Ready Army program serves as a resource to support
installation organizations and for personnel in the Fort McCoy
community (military and civilian) who want information about how to
prepare for an emergency, said Quentin Graham.
recently took over as Fort McCoy’s chemical, biological,
radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) representative for the
Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.
brings an extensive knowledge of emergency management techniques to
the position, including an undergraduate degree in the field.
can answer a wide array of questions about emergency situations,"
Graham said. "I will have access to Ready Army materials to
distribute information about those topics."
of his first goals in the position will be to set up display racks or
stands that have information about natural and manmade disasters and
other potential emergency topics, he said. Another goal is to continue
working with installation organizations, such as Army Community
Service, to disseminate the information.
groundwork and preparations will help get Fort McCoy ready for the
National Preparedness Month in September, Graham said.
month will focus on changing perceptions about emergency preparedness
and help Americans understand what it truly means to be ‘ready.’
"I can answer a wide array of questions about emergency
Fort McCoy's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and
topics were in the March spotlight: handling food safely and flood
awareness, which had special observance weeks from March 15-21.
illnesses can be combated by following four steps. Graham said
personnel should first, ensure clean food by washing their hands and
surfaces often; second, separate food so it doesn’t cause cross
contamination; third, cook food to proper temperatures and fourth,
refrigerate food promptly.
awareness also is an important topic at this time of year as winter
subsides, and the combination of ice melting as well as spring
precipitation can increase the water levels in creeks, rivers, ponds,
lakes and other bodies of water, Graham said.
said floods can develop slowly or quickly. Personnel can take action
by keeping informed and knowing flood terminology.
watches mean flooding is possible, while a flash flood watch means
flash floods are possible. Warnings mean an event is occurring or will
should listen for further instructions, through such media as radio or
television. In the case of flash flood warnings, they should seek
higher ground on foot immediately.
office also will support the Wisconsin Tornado and Severe Weather
Awareness Week from April 20-24.
Army and the government also have a lot of good Web sites that can
provide information," Graham said. "I encourage everyone to
become familiar with the sites."
Web sites include, but are not limited to: the Army Web site at http://www.army.mil;
and the Army Ready Web site at http://www.acsim.army.mil/readyarmy/
said he also is working to have Ready Army information accessible
through various Fort McCoy outlets, including the Corporate, Extranet
and/or public Web sites. Fort McCoy TV-6, The Real McCoy and other
newsletters that circulate throughout the installation also may
information is available by calling the Fort McCoy Emergency
Management/CBRNE Office at 608-388-5107.