Civil Air Patrol to Help with Harvey

Aug 31, 2017

The Illinois Civil Air Patrol will assist with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The airmen will join colleagues from other states to perform aerial imagery missions for FEMA and other agencies in the impact zone.

The images will help state and federal officials determine areas most in need of priority rescue response, as well as give an overview of the scope of damage at-a-glance.

The airmen will depart from airfields in Marion and Lake In The Hills for one to two week deployments.

Another aircrew will deploy from Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling on Saturday morning. Aircraft and crews will be rotated in and out of the impact zone until they are no longer needed.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, local Civil Air Patrols crews responded for weeks to the eastern seaboard for similar type of work.