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Civil Air Patrol to conduct disaster preparedness exercise on Saturday

Civil Air Patrol to conduct disaster preparedness exercise on Saturday
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 2:37pm

The Texas Wing of Civil Air Patrol will conduct a disaster preparedness exercise on Saturday, March 15. The exercise will focus on simulated hurricane evacuating and response and include aerial photography training and missing person's search. The operations incident command will be based at the CAP Texas Wing's Gen. D.H. Byrd Regional Training Center and State Headquarters facility, located adjacent to Nacogdoches' A.L. Mangham Regional Airport.

"Residents may see CAP ground teams wearing camouflage uniforms, either on foot or traveling in vans. Our aircrews will be in read, white, and blue Cessna aircraft flying over the Nacogdoches airport and adjacent areas.” said CAP Major Lorrie Tetlow, Incident Commander for the training exercise.

Tetlow stated that CAP members will practice tasks and skills needed in a real hurricane incident. “ Practiced tasks might include: checking roadways for obstructions or construction on hurricane evacuation routes, structural integrity of dams and levees, searching for flood stranded animals, or locating missing people.”

“Our members will conduct their tasks in a professional manner with little or no disruption to the local public.”
The Texas Wing conducts monthly training exercises to insure CAP members are prepared when the state of Texas, FEMA, or other government agencies request our services. 

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