Civil Air Patrol's Alaska Wing   [open pdf - 1MB]

This newsletter, published by the Alaska Wing Civil Air Patrol (CAP), summarized accomplishments by the CAP in 2010. The CAP took photographs used to make critical decisions about threats to lives and infrastructure caused by the flooding in the Midwest, Ohio Valley and Northeast. CAP also responded to Hawaii Wing's airborne warnings about a possible tsunami triggered by an earthquake in Chile. CAP volunteers worked for 20 straight hours in blizzard conditions, often in darkness, on a remote mountainside to extract the victims and transport them to medical facilities. In Arizona, enduring similar weather, CAP members helped save 54 people stranded by a sudden snowstorm. While CAP totaled fewer search and rescue flying hours in 2010, more lives were saved due, in part, to advances made by CAP members in radar and cell phone forensics, which, helped reduce search areas and allowed CAP to locate survivors more quickly., CAP's expertise in aerial photography was also utilized in 2010 with the organization's response to the Gulf oil spill. CAP's low-and-slow aircraft provided the perfect vantage point for photo officials use to assess damages and deploy assets. During the oil spill crisis,thousands of photos were taken by multiple CAP aircrews along the Gulf's shoreline every day for months.

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