Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today thanked the more than 50 volunteers from the Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol (CAP) who responded to a short-notice weather emergency in Erie during the Christmas holiday. Nearly five feet of lake-effect snow severely hampered normal movement around the city and multiple state agencies, including the Pennsylvania National Guard, responded to provide relief to residents.
“I am always proud of our emergency management teams and our first responders, and no more so than today as we recognize the work of the Civil Air Patrol,” Governor Wolf said. “These volunteers give new meaning to the definition of first responders with their incredible dedication and quick action to help in emergency situations such as the one in Erie.”
“Civil Air Patrol Coordination Officers provided vital information during the weather emergency planning process,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general. “Their input and quick response time allowed us to get this critical capability into Erie sooner ensuring the safety and health of more than 200 citizens during that difficult time.”
Members of the CAP provided aid to vulnerable residents, such as the elderly and those with medical conditions or disabilities.
The Pennsylvania Wing of the Civil Air Patrol has units based throughout the commonwealth and are closely nested with the Pennsylvania National Guard and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) during emergency response situations.
“In a time of crisis, we know we can count on the Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol,” Governor Wolf said. “They bring tremendous capability to our communities and provide great opportunities to teach our youth about service, integrity and respect.”
“This operation went very well considering the extreme working conditions,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Regan, deputy adjutant general for the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. “It showed just how vital it is for us to have a great partnership with the CAP and to be able to efficiently coordinate our efforts.”
The PNG has a long-standing partnership with the CAP, which are both headquartered at Fort Indiantown Gap, Lebanon County. As unpaid volunteers, members of the CAP offer an amplification of rescue skills to the commonwealth during natural disasters.