The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) formed an ESF-9 Search and Rescue Committee to enhance coordination across the state in an effort to streamline coordination and improve SAR response in Texas. This group consists of search and rescue organizations from across the state including representatives from city, county, regional, state and volunteer organizations. The committee identified the need for a statewide “database” of available search and rescue assets and capabilities. To gather this information from the many different organizations and teams throughout the state a survey was created by the group and distributed from the State Operations Center.
A large number of organizations and teams have completed and submitted their surveys, providing the state, TDEM, and ESF-9 with a summary of their assets, mission capabilities, and contact information. The attached summary is the culmination of that information. This summary will be updated and distributed as new surveys are submitted or edited by organizations to ensure that the most up-to-date information is available when needed.
With this in mind it is important to remember that this information is provided by individuals or organizations either private or public and has not been confirmed by any agency or person. Local Authority Having Jurisdictions (AHJ) wishing to utilize this information should make contact with the individual or organization to determine if the services provided fit the needs of the incident. It is recommended that AHJ’s make contact with those providers in their areas prior to need.
If you have any questions or know of an organization or team that has not received the survey, please contact the Texas SAR Coordinator at SAR@soc.texas.gov
Thank you for your service to the State of Texas.