One of the best known roles of CAP, the organization flies around 85% of inland search and rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center(AFRCC) Overseas, CAP supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Just how effective are CAP missions? More than 100 people are saved every year by CAP members!Visit the AFRCC Facebook Page Here
Civil Air Patrol plays a vital role in disaster relief operations. CAP provides air and ground transporation, as well as an extensive communications network. CAP flies disaster relief officials to remote locations and support local, state, and national disaster relief organizations with manpower,logistics, and leadership support. An important aviation resource for state and local government, CAP also flies siginificant aerial imagery missions before and after manmade (such as the 2010 Gulf of Mexico/Deepwater Horizon oil spill), and natural disasters. In fact, CAP has formal agreements with many humanitarian relief agencies such as the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the United States Coast Guard (USCG).
Recent developments in CAP's Disaster Relief mission include the introduction of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), and Points of Distribution (PODs). North Carolina wing has become active in both programs, dramatically enhancing CAP's mission set in Disaster Relief. During Hurrican Irene in 2011, North Carolina Civil Air Patrol played a vital role in providing POD with food, water, ice, and tarps distribution in both Hyde and Beaufort counties. CAP provided over 60 personnel at multiple locations for over six days of sustained distribution operations.
Closely related to Disaster Relief is CAP's support of humanitarian missions. Usually in support of the Red Cross, CAP aircrews transport time-sensitive medical materials including blood and human tissue in situations where other means of transportation are not possible.