Serving its citizens during natural disasters
Kansas Wing volunteers were heavily tasked during 1993 when unprecedented Midwest flooding hit Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. The members provided damage assessments and emergency transports of patients and medical supplies, as well as filling sandbags, manning shelters and serving more than 9,000 meals. The volunteers clocked in almost 4,000 man-days.
In January 2002, freezing rain poured over south central and northeastern Kansas, disrupting power to more than 435,000 residents in a 35-county area. Because of the severity of the storm, the American Red Cross disaster relief commander asked CAP for assistance in setting up a shelter and helping with relief supplies. The volunteer team also aided the Mount Carmel Medical Center by transporting needed medical supplies to the elderly.
After a New Year’s Eve blizzard dumped more than 2 feet of snow in Kansas in 2006, a group of 20 CAP volunteers began searching for stranded motorists and livestock. The search spanned three days and volunteers logged more than 70 hours of flight time.
In less than 24 hours, nearly 100 tornado touchdowns flattened Kansas in May 2007. One F5 tornado, with winds faster than 200 mph, devastated Greensburg. More than 50 CAP members coordinated with the Air National Guard and emergency rescue responders to provide hundreds of hours of air and ground assistance.