This author Shannon Smith has created 45 entries.

TEXSAR Release Free Drone Image Analysis Tool

The Next Generation of ADIAT We are excited to announce that a new version of the Automated Drone Image Analysis Tool (ADIAT) is now available for public use. Originally released in 2019, ADIAT is an open source platform and set of computer vision algorithms that can be used to identify areas of interest in images from UAVs. This latest release includes a revamped user interface, significant performance improvements, a new detection algorithm, and advanced features to enhance...

TEXSAR Community Support is Deployed to the Panhandle

Austin, TX – March 1, 2024 – In response to the devastation caused by the wildfires in the Texas Panhandle, Texas Search and Rescue (TEXSAR) will deploy a team to support our fellow Texans. They will deliver supplies and support local agencies on the ground.  TEXSAR volunteers will tackle whatever need the requesting agencies have of them TEXSAR volunteers are committed to service above self as Texans Helping Texans.  Donations are needed to make their service possible;...

TEXSAR Takes 2nd Place for Land Rover Service Award

What an incredible experience! We don’t have a new vehicle, but we have thousands of new friends, reminders of how appreciated TEXSAR and its volunteers are, and increased awareness about search and rescue and TEXSAR’s critical mission. That is definitely a win. For all that, and more, everyone at TEXSAR is appreciative of Land Rover and its partners for all that they do for nonprofits. To our volunteers, our community members, the agencies we work with, and dedicated supporters – thank...

TEXSAR is a Top Two Finalist for the Land Rover Defender Service Award

TEXSAR has been selected as one of the top TWO finalists in the Search and Rescue category for the Land Rover Defender Service Awards! We made it this far – BECAUSE OF YOU! Thank you for showing up for TEXSAR! Thank you for your support, votes, sharing, outreach, and everything it took to get us across that finish line! It was incredibly humbling to see our community, supporters, and Texas rally around our team for this opportunity.  We’ve been invited to an...

Vote for TEXSAR – Land Rover Finalist

TEXSAR is thrilled to announce, we have been selected as one of the top five finalists for the Land Rover Defender Service Awards in the Search, Rescue & Emergency Support Services Category – Presented by PELICAN. Beginning September 15th, TEXSAR will participate in an online voting contest against four other SAR groups for the title. Please vote, and help us win! If we are the winner, we will win a $100K Land Rover Defender for field operations that is outfitted and wrapped for TEXSAR, with an...

When is SAR Needed?

The response to an incident involving people who are lost, missing, or endangered frequently involves a search and rescue (or SAR) mission. Incidents such as these are frequently (but not always) related to recreational outings, criminal activity, medical issues, or disasters. Let’s take a look at a few different situation types that may call for a SAR mission! One classic example of a scenario that warrants a search and rescue operation is the response effort to a natural disaster, such as...

Supporter of the Quarter – SpawGlass

  Every quarter we take a moment to thank an individual, organization, or business outside of TEXSAR who has impacted our organization by going above and beyond everyday actions through in-kind donations, support services, financial contributions, and/or professional services. SpawGlass has been selected as our 2023 Q1 Supporter of the Quarter. We are thoroughly grateful for all SpawGlass has done to support TEXSAR over the last several years. This year their team stepped up and helped us raise the bar on our...

TEXSAR Celebrates 19 Years of Service

Over the last 19 years, TEXSAR has evolved into one of the largest volunteer search and rescue teams. TEXSAR stretches to divisions in the Gulf Coast, North Texas, Central Texas, and South Central Texas. We are humbled by the selfless spirits that embody TEXSAR Volunteers and their dedication to TEXSAR’s mission.   With hundreds of volunteers donning the orange uniform over the years, TEXSAR is proud of our history, thankful for the founding members, and remain ready and prepared to continue to serve.   TEXSAR...

TEXSAR is Hiring an Administrative Assistant

TEXSAR is Hiring an Administrative Assistant!   Are you ready for an exciting career in the field of Search and Rescue? Are you interested in using your business sense to aid in the mission of helping others in need and providing closure to families who are experiencing their darkest days? If you are interested in joining a rapidly growing team of dedicated staff working to support our equally dedicated volunteers uphold the mission, apply for TEXSAR’s Administrative Assistant position!   TEXSAR is looking for...

Governor’s Volunteer Awards

April 20th, TEXSAR was honored to receive the 2022 Governor’s Volunteer Award for Excellence in Disaster Volunteerism at the Governor’s Mansion in Austin, TX. These awards were presented by OneStar and the Office of the Governor. It was an honor to meet

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