Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Anthony Ferrara of the Wheeler Composite Squadron, Hawaii Wing, moves a Cessna single engine aircraft into a secure hanger in preparation for Hurricane Lane. (Civil Air Patrol, U.S Air Force Auxiliary photo by 2nd Lt. Jaime Ross)

August 24, 2018


HONOLULU – Hawaii Wing Civil Air Patrol has 10 aircraft located throughout the islands that have been secured ahead of Hurricane Lane’s arrival. An Incident Command Post has been set up on the Big Island as Hawaii Wing’s mission base.

Three aircrews launched on Wednesday over the islands of Maui, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Molokai, and Hawaii to provide public announcement warnings along the coastline, obtain visual headcounts of citizens who may need to be moved to higher ground, and to identify hazards, unsecured vessels, and populations in order to target efforts in response to the upcoming storm.

Civil Air Patrol is expected to be further tasked by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide damage assessment flights after the storm passes through the state.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.