Maryland Wing prepares for Tropical Storm Florence
September 9, 2018 11:00 a.m. – BALTIMORE — As Tropical Storm Florence heads towards the East Coast of the United States, Civil Air Patrol members in Maryland are actively preparing for the possible effects from the storm. Col. Joe Winter, Maryland Wing commander, has activated a warning order signaling squadrons and aircrews to begin immediate preparations to move corporate aircraft and mobile assets away from the coast and potential impacted areas should short notice movements become necessary.
Florence is expected to strengthen and become a major hurricane on Monday heading west at 6 mph with an anticipated landfall in the southeastern U.S. coast on Thursday.
Maryland Wing members stand ready to assist the State of Maryland and neighboring wings should the situation. Maryland Wing incident commanders, in cooperation with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and Civil Air Patrol Middle East Region, are actively monitoring the Atlantic storm.
Nearly 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with five finds and one life saved. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,106 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at 4.6 million dollars. For more information contact the Maryland Wing at https://mdwg.cap.gov
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.
Lt. Col. Brenda A. Reed, CAP
Public Information Officer
Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol