FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from CAP NHQ:October 9, 2015Enhanced technology improves Civil Air Patrol’s flood damage assessment imageryCOLUMBIA, South Carolina – Civil Air Patrol airmen photographing the flood damage in South Carolina began using a new tool Thursday in their emergency response arsenal – a Garmin Virb camera system that attaches to their planes’ wing strut. The cameras capture ground images directly below, which allows officials to make much faster use of the images.South Carolina Wing officials received three of the new cameras Thursday from CAP’s National Operations Center at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. They were first used on damage assessment flights last night.The camera systems and associated online tools to deliver these images were developed through tests with the Federal ...
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A Message from CAP Flood Response Incident Commander for 9 Oct. 2015From Lt Col Mike Albertson, CAP flood response IC for 9 Oct. 2015:Wrapping up a day as Incident Commander of the CAP's response to the SC Flooding Disaster. Thanks to everyone who volunteered today and the CAP members from Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina for coming down and lending their services.11 Aircraft flew approximately 40 hours today to provide imagery, real time assessment, and search and rescue. We even had a visit from the CAP National Commander!. Thanks everyone for your service!!!
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ATTENTION ALL CAP MEMBERS. YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDEDPlease see the following request from John W. Desmarais, Sr., HQ CAP Director of Operations:As you can well imagine from seeing all that has been in the news over the last several days, our South Carolina Wing personnel, as well as members from neighboring wings and regions are assisting in the disaster relief efforts there, and doing great work. Similar to what was done during Hurricane Sandy, the FEMA Headquarters GIS staff has asked for our help to get images reviewed via a crowdsourcing application in the Geoplatform. We know many of you want to help even at a distance. If you could encourage your members to go to the link below, click on Image Ranking, follow the instructions ...
Posted Oct 8, 2015, 11:39 AM by Matt Hamrick
CAP ramps up flight schedule for aerial photos, asks members to help evaluate flooding images through crowdsourcingFROM CAP NHQ:October 8, 2015COLUMBIA, South
Carolina – Civil Air Patrol has made 81 flights so far this week, spending 156
hours in the sky above flood-drenched South Carolina. The flights are being
made in response to deadly rain that Gov. Nikki Haley is calling a
“thousand-year” event, which has already claimed 17 lives.Aircrews from Civil Air Patrol’s South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia
and Maryland wings are scheduled to fly eight more sorties this morning. The
airmen are tasked with taking aerial photos of the flooding for emergency
officials on the ground. The images, taken with CAP’s geotagging-capable
cameras, provide the officials with real-time information that helps them
assess damages and assign ...
Posted Oct 8, 2015, 11:37 AM by Matt Hamrick