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    Civil Air Patrol readies for Florence response along east coast

    Civil Air Patrol readies for Florence response along east coast

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Crystal Housman | Civil Air Patrol Cadet Senior Airman Christen Johnson, left, and Cadet Chief Master...... read more read more



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    Civil Air Patrol (U.S. Air Force Auxiliary)

    by Capt. (CAP) Lynne Albert, North Carolina Wing
    Capt. (CAP) Jacob Bixler, Virginia Wing
    1st Lt. (CAP) Rachael J. Mercer, South Carolina Wing

    WOODSTOCK, Md. — As Hurricane Florence approaches, Civil Air Patrol’s Middle East Region stood up an area command post Sept. 12, 2018, so it can quickly support the CAP wings expected to bear the brunt of the storm, including North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

    Region members from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia also reported to Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters to man the National Response Coordination Center. The NRCC went to Level 2 activation, requiring all liaisons to report on Tuesday. It is now at level 1, the highest level to support the communities and citizens that will be impacted by Florence.

    Civil Air Patrol Col. John Knowles, Middle East Region commander, said, “I am proud of our Airmen who are standing ready to take on whatever missions we are tasked to support, upholding our motto of Semper Vigilans.”

    North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia wings have been relocating aircraft to inland hangars, including U.S. Air Force bases within the Mid-Atlantic states. First Air Force and CAP-USAF have been coordinating support for these missions.

    CAP members in North Carolina and South Carolina are serving continuously at their states’ Emergency Operations Centers. Members of the North Carolina Wing also are staffing the state Department of Emergency Management’s Regional Coordination Center-East in Kinston and Regional Coordination Center-Central in Butner.

    In addition, North Carolina Wing personnel are moving disaster relief supplies from Clayton to communities around the eastern part of the Tar Heel State to support FEMA’s Points of Distribution (PODs) system. That activity will continue after Hurricane Florence, with members handing out needed supplies for citizens impacted by the storm.

    Col. R. Jason Bailey, wing commander, said CAP members in his state are ready to serve. “As Hurricane Florence bears down on North Carolina, our members have secured their families and property so they can deploy for days at a time to help others. This is truly what Civil Air Patrol is about.”

    South Carolina Wing aircrews, meanwhile, continued to fly evacuation route surveys for the Palmetto State. These surveys ensure any vehicle or obstruction is identified and reported to proper agencies on the ground to keep traffic flowing. This has become increasingly important with overnight forecasts that Florence is likely to dip southward once it hits the mainland near the North Carolina-South Carolina border.

    On the ground, South Carolina Wing personnel are working in conjunction with the aircrews to ensure continuous communication during the evacuation flights, which are expected to continue through Sept. 13.

    Knowles said the Middle East Region area command post has been coordinating requests for resources from the affected areas, lining up wings to support missions once the storm passes and reaching out to adjoining CAP regions — the Southeast and Northeast regions — for future mission needs.

    Other wings in the Middle East Region — West Virginia, Maryland, National Capital and Delaware — have offered tie-down space for aircraft as needed and have also been working with their state Emergency Operations Centers.



    Date Taken: 09.12.2018
    Date Posted: 09.12.2018 21:15
    Story ID: 292524
    Location: WOODSTOCK, MD, US 

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