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TEXSAR - In the Community - December 2018
A Word from the CEO

Friends of TEXSAR,

2018 was another year of tremendous growth and development for TEXSAR. On the heels of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, TEXSAR was able take much of the donated monies from Harvey and use them to increase our team capabilities, such as additional high clearance vehicles, digital communication equipment, a mobile command trailer, as well as much needed training, including “Rescue Boat Operator” and “Lost Person Behavior”.

2018 was also another busy year for callouts and requests for support, with over 75 agency requests for TEXSAR’s services, including missing persons cases, cold case support, community event support, force multiplier, K9 search and recovery and flood and swiftwater support. That equates to a callout every 4.5 days, a very impressive number and a great show of confidence from our law enforcement, fire service and emergency management partners.

In 2019, we will continue building and expanding our capabilities with a commitment to providing the safest and highest quality product to those communities in need when they need it most. Our goal is to be the go-to resource for specialized emergency services to departments all across the State of Texas.

One of our core values is to be fiscally responsible. Having the utmost respect for our donor’s dollar is paramount, and to that point, we are proud that over 90% of your donated dollar goes directly to team operations, including our Executive Director, equipment, supplies and deployment expenses.  The other 10% funds our fundraising and media programs and insurance expenses. We are very proud to have achieved the 2018 Platinum Level Designation on GuideStar (https://www.guidestar.org/profile/84-1644603) and are recognized by GreatNonprofits as a Top-Rated Nonprofit (https://greatnonprofits.org/org/texsar-texas-search-and-rescue) for our fiscal and operational transparency.

Thank you for your continued support of Texas Search and Rescue, we simply could not serve our great state without people like you. We are honored and blessed with amazing team members who are willing to risk it all to take care of their fellow Texan, I am very proud of each and every one of them and honored to work beside them. 2019 will likely hold new challenges for us as we continue to grow and develop, but we look forward to meeting those challenges head on and overcoming obstacles, just as we do in the field...Texans Helping Texans.

Sincerely,

Justen Noakes, TEXSAR CEO

Congratulations to the 2019 Board of Directors


We are thrilled to announce the newly elected 2019 Board of Directors. The impact you will have on TEXSAR in 2019 and for the future will be incredible. We look forward to working with all of you. Our biggest thanks to the 2018 Board of Directors who graciously served and continued to push TEXSAR forward - thank you for your commitment and dedication!

Introducing the New and Improved Search Party


SAVE THE DATE - October 26, 2019
Join us for an elegant experience at the NEW venue for TEXSAR's Annual Search Party....

The Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas!



More details coming soon, mark your calendars, you will not want to miss this.
 

Deployments

Current Deployment YTD: 75
November 15th - December 15t


Missing Person Search - 12/09/2018
Requested by: Caldwell County
Deployed: 40 Members, HRD K-9

Missing Person Search - 11/17/2018
Requested by: Lubbock Police Department
Deployed: 16 Members

Thank you to all of the members that deployed in the last month. We appreciate all of your contributions!

Giving Tuesday and Big Give Houston!

 
Giving Tuesday and Big Give Houston were a huge success, we raised $2015! Thank you to everyone who donated to TEXSAR. With a few more large items on our wish list, we are asking our supporters to remember TEXSAR during their holiday giving. 
 
When a loved one goes missing, or a community disaster occurs, it’s up to us to be ready. Our community is counting on us. Can we count on you to help make sure we’re ready for that call?
If everyone gave $50, that would set TEXSAR up for another strong year of service. 
Give your end of year donation today!

Thank you for your support!

TEXSAR's First Ever Motorcycle Raffle

Get Your Tickets Today!

Raffle tickets are now available through your friends who volunteer with TEXSAR.
You can purchase tickets online or reach out to one of your local members to purchase tickets in person.
Only twenty bucks a ticket and you could be the proud owner of a
2013 Harley Davidson Softail Heritage Classic!

Tickets are $20 each or $100 for six. 
Support TEXSAR and buy your ticket today!

www.texsar.org/raffle



Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendar

 
Decemberr 17th
Gulf Coast TEXSAR Monthly Training and Meeting - Houston, TX
December 20th
Coastal Bend TEXSAR Monthly Training and Meeting - Corpus Christi, TX
January 2nd
North Texas TEXSAR Monthly Training and Meeting - Austin, TX

 

Save the Date - Clay Pigeon Pachanga - May 18th

What: TEXSAR’s 2nd Annual Clay Pigeon Pachanga
The CPP is TEXSAR’s second largest fundraiser for the year. Mark your calendar to attend or come help out.
When: Saturday May 18, 2019
Where: Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch - Buda, Texas

Member Stats
Overall

Active Members - 328
Deployable Members - 239
Field Deployable - 211
Flood and Swiftwater Technicians - 99
Active/In Training K9s - 22
Active Certifications - 2275


K9 Team
Certified K9 Handlers - 11
Certified K9s - 17
[11 HRD K9s, 7 Live Find K9s, 4 Trailing K9s and 3 Water HRD K9s]


 
Divisions
Central Texas Members - 150
Coastal Bend Members - 13
Gulf Coast Members - 63
North Texas Members - 56
West Texas Members - 13
At Large Members - 33

Coming up in 2019


Thank you for supporting TEXSAR in 2018. In order to truly communicate with our supporters in the most effective way, stay tuned for quarterly newsletters in 2019. Any pertinent information will make it into your inbox outside of those dates. We value you and your time and want to be as efficient as possible.

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Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 171258 Austin, Texas 78717 
info@texsar.org 
(512) 956-6727 Office

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