Civil Air Patrol to exercise disaster response in 2 East Texas towns
POSTED: Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 1:13pm
UPDATED: Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 3:04pm
Tyler, Texas — There will be a statewide drill to test the Civil Air Patrol's diaster response.
The Civil Air Patrol units across Texas mobilized for a weekend of statewide diaster exercise.
About 200 volunteers along with nearly two dozen aircrafts from CAP's Texas Winger are operating from 11 airports and a community center as part of the drill which is scheduled for Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19.
"This will test our response should we be called up by Texas emergency management officials," said Lt. Col. Steve Kinter, incident commander for the activity.
The weekend scenario includes diaster relief, search and rescue and homeland security missions conducted by veteran air and ground crews and trainees.
CAP units taking part in the exercise are operating from the following locations through Sunday:
- Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, Tyler
- Amarillo International Airport, Amarillo
- Boys and Girls Club of Frisco, 8750 McKinney Rd #100, Frisco
- Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol HQ, 553 Terry Crawford Drive, Nacogdoches
- Grand Prairie Municipal Airport, Grand Prairie
- RWJ Airpark, Baytown
- Lone Star Executive Airport, Conroe
- David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, Houston
- San Marcos Municipal Airport, San Marcos
- Kerrville Municipal Airport, Kerrville
- Stinson Municipal Airport, San Antonio
- Georgetown Municipal Airport, Georgetown
Participants will operate according to National Incident Management System standards for emergency services work, using guidelines issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Kintner said.