Update 04Nov2012: Missouri Civil Air Patrol conducts state-wide disaster exercise simulating 7.6 magnitude New Madrid earthquake
(Sott.net via St. Louis Today) – The Missouri Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, will be participating in a state-wide earthquake disaster exercise on Saturday, November 3, 2012. The drill will simulate a 7.6 magnitude earthquake near New Madrid, Missouri.
Mission base for the Missouri Wing will be located at the Ike Skelton Training Site near Jefferson City, Missouri. Additional staging areas will be at Lee C. Fine Memorial Airport in Lake Ozark, Missouri; Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Missouri; and Malden Airport in Malden, Missouri.
Utilizing its earthquake disaster plan, in close cooperation with the Missouri National Guard and other state agencies, the Missouri Wing will participate in the following training tasks:
Aerial damage and assessment photo reconnaissance, including critical infra-structure evaluation.
Aircrew and ground team searches for missing aircraft and persons.
State-wide communication drills.
Hyperspectral imaging flights utilizing Civil Air Patrol’s Airborne Real-time Cueing Hyperspectral Enhanced Recon (ARCHER) system.
Real-time full motion video imaging flights utilizing Civil Air Patrol’s Geospatial Information Interoperability Exploitation – Portable (GIIEP) system.
Near real-time satellite digital imaging flights utilizing Civil Air Patrol’s Satellite Digital Imaging System (SDIS).
Use of the National Incident Command System (ICS) for command and control.
The Missouri Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is composed of over 1,000 members organized in almost forty units located throughout the state. Formal disaster relief and search and rescue training exercises are held on a regular basis several times each year.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.
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