Fort McCoy News Aug. 12, 2016

AT Awareness Month: Tips to keep Families safe

Fort McCoy is conducting antiterrorism training, education, and awareness throughout the month of August.
During this month, installation facilities and forces are focusing their efforts on heightening awareness and vigilance to protect the community from and prevent acts of terrorism.

By integrating antiterrorism doctrinal principles with constant antiterrorism awareness the Army ensures the safety and security of its people (Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, and Family members) while ensuring mission success.

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As such, antiterrorism training, education, and awareness support the entire Army community and are a critical part of overall protection. As recent events have shown, terrorists have reached new levels of organization, sophistication, and violence, often targeting Department of Defense personnel and their Families.

In order to leverage every member of the Army community as a sensor to help identify and prevent potential terrorist/criminal acts, Fort McCoy continues to educate the community by providing the Joint Chief of Staff Self Guide to Antiterrorism Security Checklist to assist in reducing the possibility of becoming a target.

General security checklist

• Keep a low profile. Dress, conduct, and mannerisms should not attract attention. Make an effort to blend into the local environment. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry. Stay away from civil disturbances and demonstrations.

• Be unpredictable. Vary daily routines, such as routes taken to and from work and departure times. Do not exercise at the same time and place each day. Never exercise alone on deserted streets or country roads.

• Be alert for anything suspicious or out of place. Do not give personal information over the telephone. Anyone who thinks he or she is being followed should go to a preselected secure area, such as a military post or police station. Immediately report the incident to military police, security forces, or law-enforcement agencies. In overseas areas without such agencies, report suspicious incidents to a security officer or a military attache at a U.S. Embassy. Instruct Family and associates not to provide strangers with information about service members or Family members.

• Report all suspicious people loitering near offices or in unauthorized areas. Attempt to provide a complete description of the person or vehicle to police or security personnel.

• Advise associates or Family members of destinations and anticipated times of arrival when leaving the office or home.

• Do not open doors to strangers, and report unsolicited contacts to authorities. Refuse to meet with strangers outside the work place.

• Preprogram cellphones and memorize or write down key phone numbers — office, home, police, security, etc.

• When overseas, always know the location of the nearest U.S. Embassy, consulate, or military organization. (Receive a foreign travel briefing beforehand.)

• Be cautious about giving out information regarding Family travel plans or security measures and procedures.

• When overseas, learn and practice a few key phrases in the local language, such as "I need a police officer" and "I need a doctor."

Home, Family security

• Family members should always practice basic personal security precautions. Familiarize Family members with local terrorist and criminal threats, and regularly review protective measures and techniques.

• Ensure everyone in the Family knows what to do in case of an emergency.

• Restrict the possession of house keys. Change locks if keys are lost or stolen and when moving into a previously occupied residence.

• Lock all entrances at night, including the garage. Keep the house locked, even when at home.

• Destroy all envelopes or other items that show names, ranks, or other personal information. Remove names and ranks from mailboxes.

• Maintain friendly relations with your neighbors.

• Do not draw attention, and be considerate of neighbors.

• Keep informed via media and the internet regarding potential threats.

• Develop an emergency plan and an emergency kit, including a flashlight; battery-operated radio; first-aid kit, including latex gloves; and copies of important personal documents, including key points of contact.

Be suspicious

• Be alert to public-works crews and other individuals requesting access to residences; check their identities through a peephole or contact the parent company to verify employee status before allowing entry.

• Be cautious about peddlers and strangers, especially those offering free samples. Do not admit salespeople or poll takers into the home.

• Watch for unfamiliar vehicles cruising or parked frequently in the area, particularly if one or more occupants remain in the vehicle for extended periods.

• Write down license plate numbers, makes, models, and colors of suspicious vehicles. Note descriptions of occupants.

• Report any suspicious videotaping/photography or unusual accommodation requests.

• Report any unattended bags or objects.

• Treat any inquiries from strangers concerning the whereabouts or activities of Family members with suspicion.

• Report all suspicious activity to military police, security forces, or local law enforcement as appropriate.

Everyone in the Fort McCoy community can help keep the installation safe by reporting suspicious activities on Fort McCoy to the Police Department by calling 608-388-2000 or to the local police force if an incident happens off post.

All emergency situations should be reported to the nearest local emergency number, which is 911 at Fort McCoy.

Military personnel residing in military Family housing on South Post should report suspicious activities to the Fort McCoy Police Department at 608-388-2000.

For more information about the Antiterrorism Program at Fort McCoy, call 608-388-4719/4504.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Antiterrorism Office.)