3 Ways to Begin Preparing for Hurricane Season

3 Ways to Begin Preparing for Hurricane Season As Hurricane Harvey hit the coast of Texas in August of 2017, no one was prepared for the destruction that would take place. As we reflect on the impact Harvey had, one thing stands out: We all need to be better prepared! It is important for families to be prepared for what could happen. Being prepared ensures better use of resources in the time of need. Have a plan...

Record Attendance at 2018 Annual Meeting

TEXSAR members gathered at McKinney Roughs Nature Park outside of Bastrop, Texas, in January for their Annual Meeting and Training weekend. Because of a grant from a generous foundation, the members were able to attend this event at no cost to themselves. Over the course of three days, 100 members heard from such esteemed professionals as Texas Ranger Michael Smith, Deputy Police Chief Seth Herman (Midland Police Department), Gene Robinson with Drone Pilots, Inc., and Johnny Gonzales,...

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 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...

Texas Search and Rescue Annual Training

Austin, Texas –The Annual TEXSAR Team Meeting and Training Weekend took place February 3, 4, and 5 at McKinney Roughs Nature Park in Bastrop, Texas. More than 75 TEXSAR Team Members from across the state convened at the park for a full weekend of classroom training, field training, food, and fellowship. Training topics such as K9 Searches and Support, Technology in Search and Rescue, Tracking, and Wilderness First Aid were just a few of the courses conducted over the weekend. The...

TEXSAR 2016 Annual Report

Austin, Texas – We are proud to release our Annual Report for 2016. 2016 turned out to be a busy year with 48 missions from the Gulf Coast to far West Texas. TEXSAR member-volunteers who were on scene to assist will forever remember incidents like the Caldwell County Hot Air Balloon Disaster and the search for ZuZu Verk. We pride ourselves on being in a constant state of readiness. We are geared up and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice, trained...

Travis County Search – October 30th, 2016

K9 handler, Jennifer Blanton, and Travis County Fire Rescue attend to the K9’s during a search on October, 30th, 2016 in southeast Travis County, TX. Austin, TX — Skeletal remains were discovered this weekend by TEXSAR cadaver dogs.  At the request of Travis County Sheriff’s Office, TEXSAR, Texas Search and Rescue, was tasked with searching an area off of Maha Loop in southeast Austin.  The search area was determined after officials received a tip that indicated 33-year-old Paul Michael Longoria,...

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