Illinois CAP answers the call during tragedy
In April 2013, record-breaking rainfall left northern Illinois waterways overflowing. Desperately needing help, local officials turned to Civil Air Patrol for assistance. Less than three hours later, more than 25 Illinois Wing volunteers arrived to help fill and place sandbags by critical public works infrastructure that ran along the riverfront. CAP members also worked with police and fire rescue officials to identify areas that needed to be evacuated.
After the water began to recede, the Lake County Emergency Management Agency asked CAP to photograph affected areas. Using Geospatial Information Interoperability Exploitation Portable (GIIEP) system technology the CAP volunteers provided more than 500 photos.
In 2008, the American Red Cross asked CAP’s National Operations Center to help assess damage from two tornadoes that tore through Springfield. In April 2015, the National Weather Service again enlisted CAP to take aerial photographs of twisters’ aftermath. The NWS wanted to determine the paths of destruction and reveal the extensive damage caused by a series of 11 tornadoes throughout Illinois.
After the 9/11 attacks, Illinois Wing members assisted at local airports that weren’t prepared to handle the influx of landings resulting from the grounding of domestic flights.