Wisconsin National Guard prepared to help state in emergencies

Throughout September, ReadyWisconsin and the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council encouraged organizations and individuals to prepare for disasters and emergencies as part of the annual nationwide Preparedness Month Campaign.

Wisconsin Guard members receive annual briefings about the importance of being prepared and are required to have individual preparedness kits.

"Our Soldiers and Airmen are Wisconsin's first military responders — they must have their own needs and those of their family taken care of before disaster strikes so we are ready to answer the call," said Brig. Gen. Don Dunbar, the adjutant general of Wisconsin and Wisconsin's Homeland Security adviser.

The 54th Civil Support Team is the state's full-time response unit for emergencies involving weapons of mass destruction or toxic industrial chemicals.

This team supports civil authorities at domestic chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high explosive incident sites. CST members are also the "go-to" people for chemical detection and decontamination.