Press Releases

TEXSAR Expands Capabilities

  Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Friends of TEXSAR, Hurricane Harvey was the costliest disaster to ever strike the United States, bringing with it record flooding and catastrophic winds along the Texas coastline. Texas Search and Rescue answered the call from agencies all across Texas, providing more than 700 volunteer hours by 85 members who rescued over 700 people and pets from Harvey floodwaters. Immediately following Hurricane Harvey, the 2nd annual TEXSAR Search Party fundraiser took place on September 30th where TEXSAR members and supporters...

Hurricane Harvey Response

As Hurricane Harvey roared ashore, TEXSAR members hunkered down from Corpus Christi to Galveston. The historic storm provided TEXSAR with ample opportunities for service around the State with a variety of skill sets and resources.TEXSAR weathered the eye of the storm in Aransas Pass and Corpus Christi, emerging TEXSAR weathered the eye of the storm in Aransas Pass and Corpus Christi, emerging afterwards to provide immediate response in the Coastal Bend region. Picking through the debris in Rockport, TEXSAR rescue...

TEXSAR Staging in Coastal Bend and Gulf Coast in Response to Hurricane Harvey

Austin, Texas –TEXSAR: Texas Search and Rescue has been requested by the City of Galveston Office of Emergency Management to send personnel and rescue boats to coastal areas in preparation for Hurricane Harvey. TEXSAR FAST (Flood and Swift Water Technician) and RBO (Rescue Boat Operator) assets are deploying to the area on Friday, August 25th. The Counties of Caldwell, Galveston, Harris, Hays and Montgomery have also made requests for TEXSAR services. Resources will be shifted as necessary as the storm...

TEXSAR K9 Team Locates Body in Cold Case

Texas Rangers contacted TEXSAR on March 5, 2017, and requested the team assist in a cold case recovery search for Naomi Miller who went missing in Tom Green County in 2005. Approximately 15 team members, including K9 Orion, gathered at the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office at 07:00 Tuesday, March 07 and proceeded to the search location. At approximately 1:30 pm, Joseph Huston, with the Gulf Coast Chapter of TEXSAR, and the K9 handler for the volunteer organization originally founded in Austin,...

Alpine Search Efforts Ongoing – UPDATE

Alpine, Texas –  We first reported that on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, the Texas Rangers called the TEXSAR, Texas Search and Rescue, Emergency Activation Line and requested search planning assistance for the Zuzu Renee Verk missing person case in Alpine, Texas. Ms. Verk, a student at Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas, was last heard from Wednesday, October 12. On February 7, 2017, TEXSAR was again summoned by the Texas Rangers to return to Brewster County to assist in the search...

TEXSAR Prospective Member Meeting Scheduled for March 11

Austin, Texas –TEXSAR: Texas Search and Rescue will host an informational meeting for citizens interested in joining their ranks. The meeting will be Saturday, March 11, 9:00 a.m. at the Sunset Valley City Hall. The informational meeting will explain what it takes to become a member of TEXSAR. Areas of membership include Ground Search and Rescue, Flood and Swiftwater Technicians, Incident Management, Disaster Response, Wildland Firefighting, Medical Team, as well as Non-Field Support Roles. There is a...