Maryland Wing relocates aircraft ahead of Hurricane Florence
September 11, 2018 – 11:00 a.m. — BALTIMORE – Civil Air Patrol’s Maryland Wing members are making preparation efforts to respond to Hurricane Florence. The Maryland Wing is currently monitoring the storm closely and in close cooperation with our other Wings is relocating aircraft and vehicles to safer areas where they will be able to respond once the storm has passed.
Hurricane Florence is currently rated as a Category 4 storm and is expected to make landfall on the mid-Atlantic coast late Thursday night into early Friday morning bringing with it high winds and massive rainfall leading to major inland flooding. The Governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency to begin the preparation process.
Civil Air Patrol members train on a regular basis to respond to natural and man-made disasters. Typical CAP missions for disaster response can include search and rescue, aerial photography of damaged areas, ground based damage assessment, and other missions requested by our community partners at the federal and state levels.
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.
Photo caption: A Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol aircrew prepares for an upcoming mission. (Photo credit: Capt. Tyler Hoover, CAP)
Lt. Col. Bob Midkiff, CAP
Public Information Officer
Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol