The Missouri Wing of the Civil Air Patrol will conduct an exercise in Marshall this weekend. Members of the volunteer organization will be present Friday through Sunday.

During that time, residents may see them taking photographs of Marshall homes, to be used in training. The red, white, and blue aircraft of the Civil Air Patrol will be conducting flights in the area. The organization aids in search and rescue missions, and helps with disaster relief around the country. One squadron is based in Marshall.

Press Release from the Marshall Police Department

The Missouri Wing of the Civil Air Patrol will be conducting an exercise in and around Marshall, Missouri on August 16, 17, and 18. The purpose of this exercise is to improve the speed of post disaster damage assessments, with a goal of speeding assessments and assistance to the people of Saline County during a disaster.

During this exercise, uniformed Civil Air Patrol members will be taking photographs of Marshall homes from the street to train on and improve existing processes of rapid damage assessment by ground teams first performed in Moore, Oklahoma following the devastating EF5 tornado that destroyed that community.

Additionally, the familiar red, white, and blue aircraft of the Civil Air Patrol will be conducting airborne flights in and around Marshall doing many of the same things the ground teams are performing but from the air.

The Missouri Wing of the Civil Air Patrol requested the Saline County/City of Marshall Emergency Management Agency, local first responders, and local officials support their tornado exercise.

The Civil Air Patrol is a national volunteer organization with over 60,000 members that performs over 75% of all inland search and rescue missions tasked by the Air Force’s Rescue Coordination Center. It also plays an integral role in disaster relief around the country. Additionally, it promotes aerospace education as well as young person development through its Cadet Programs. Locally, the Civil Air Patrol has a squadron based in Marshall.