CAP performs 95% of all inland Search and Rescue (SAR) missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Aircrews perform visual and electronic searches, while Ground Teams home in on the search objective with Direction Finding equipment.
When disaster strikes, CAP helps provide relief. Volunteers give support in the form of manpower and leadership, including air/ground transportation, as well as an extensive communications network to local, state and federal disaster relief agencies.
Civil Air Patrol has provided assistance in many high-profile national emergencies such as the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Oil Spill, the Joplin tornadoes, the Moore tornadoes, Superstorm Sandy, the missing Nevada family, and many more. More than 100 lives are saved through CAP’s efforts annually.