Hurricane Harvey

August 28, 2017

Civil Air Patrol prepares for aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Texas Wing of Civil Air Patrol has begun preparations to provide aerial 
and ground support for the state of Texas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as severe 
weather continues from Hurricane Harvey.

Harvey slammed the coast of Texas as a Category 4 hurricane Friday night, leaving a trail of mass 
destruction along the coast. Rockport and Corpus Christi took the brunt of the storm, with high 
winds and rain pummeling the coastal communities. As Harvey, now downgraded to a tropical storm, 
moves northeast, Houston and surrounding areas have had an unprecedented amount rainfall in the 
past 24 hours and are due to receive additional 15 to 25 inches of rain.

The state of Texas has tasked Texas Wing to take photos of the damage and flooded areas along the 
coast. Additional tasking of ground teams may be requested to deactivate emergency position 
indicating radio beacon locator transmitters on boats damaged during the storm.

Texas Wing Commander Col. Sean Crandall has asked members to check their equipment and be prepared 
to start flying as early as Wednesday. Mission activities will coincide with preparation for Civil 
Air Patrol’s National Conference at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, so a temporary incident 
command post will be set up at the hotel.

Accumulations of 5 to 15 inches are expected farther south along the Texas coast, west in the Texas 
Hill Country and east into central Louisiana. Rivers located between Corpus Christi, San Antonio 
and Houston are forecast to reach major to record flood levels, causing additional flooding as the 
water moves south toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Approximately 1,000 of Texas Wing’s 3,200 members live along the Gulf Coast from Brownsville to 
Houston, with the largest concentration in the Houston area. CAP airplanes were moved out of the 
coastal area on Thursday to various locations farther north.

Texas Wing’s 3,200 volunteer members statewide provide support to various national, state and local 
agencies on a daily basis. With 34 aircraft and 43 vehicles assigned to the wing, aircrew members 
flew 5,182 hours and ground teams drove 155,264 miles during training and support of search and 
rescue and counterdrug, and homeland security missions in 2016.

Local CAP info:
Lt. Col. Johanna Augustine, Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol Public Information Officer (c)