Always prepared, both in the air and on the ground, members of the Civil Air Patrol perform emergency services for state and local agencies as well as the federal government as the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and for states/local communities as a nonprofit organization. Ever vigilant, these true patriots make a difference in their communities, not only to assist in times of disaster but also to search for the lost and protect the homeland.
• Conducts 90% of inland search and rescue in the U.S. as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and other agencies.
• Coordinates Air Force-assigned missions through the CAP National Operations Center at Maxwell AFB, Ala., at a cost of $120-$165 per flying hour.
• Has nearly 7,000 aircrew members and over 33,000 emergency responders trained to FEMA standards.
• Provides over 450 chaplains and 600 character development instructors who minister to youth and adult members and help comfort victims of disasters.
• Performs highly specialized aerial imagery for disaster damage assessment and more to support local, state and national agencies.
• Provides air intercept training, impact assessment, light transport, communications support and low-level route surveys for the Air Force.
• Transports time-sensitive medical materials, blood products and body tissues when commercial resources are unavailable.
• Maintains an extensive national network of VHF and HF communications.