DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WALA) -- The Alabama Wing of the Civil Air Patrol will conduct search and rescue exercises on Dauphin Island this weekend (May 17-18, 2019).
Using simulated emergency scenarios, such as downed planes, lost hikers, or potential environmental emergencies, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, or floods, the cadets and senior members of the Civil Air Patrol will deploy air and ground searches and aerial photography missions.
According to a news release, the Mission Base Staff will begin their work on the Friday evening, with major operations taking place during the day Saturday and wrapping up Sunday.
Organizers say these simulated exercises give the Civil Air Patrol Members a chance to practice skills they have learned in case they are needed in a real emergency.
CAP says, "If you see our white vans with the red tri-blade symbol or our red, white, and blue Cessna airplanes, know that the official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force is out honing our skills for you."
According to the news release, CAP performs 90 percent of the inland search and rescue in the United States annually.
CAP Members train in emergency services, such as search and rescue, disaster relief, and aerial photography, as well as aerospace education, and leadership through the Cadet Program.