Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief

TEXSAR

Texans Helping Texans

aka Texas Search and Rescue   |   Austin, TX   |  http://www.texsar.org

Mission

Committing to service-above-self, perpetual training, and inter-agency cooperation to maintain a constant state of readiness for search, rescue, incident response and above all else, safety."

TEXSAR serves all citizens of Texas, it can be deployed to any region of Texas, and there is no charge for its services to any agency requesting assistance.

Notes from the nonprofit

We rely on donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations to operate. All our members are volunteers, and are responsible for covering their expenses, from certifications to equipment and uniforms. There is never a charge for our services. Our members are professionally trained volunteers who stand ready to put their lives on the line in service to their communities. If you have any questions, please contact us!

Ruling year info

2005

President and CEO

Mr. Justin McInnis

Main address

P. O. Box 171258

Austin, TX 78717 USA

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EIN

84-1644603

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Search and Rescue Services (M23)

Fire Prevention / Protection / Control (M24)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Not all cities, counties, and agencies are in a position to maintain a dedicated team for search and rescue. TEXSAR members pride themselves on being in a constant state of readiness and are geared up and ready to deploy at a moment's notice. All TEXSAR member-volunteers are certified in their respective disciplines through nationally and internationally recognized certifying entities.

We serve all citizens of Texas and deploy at the request of local and state law enforcement, fire service and emergency management agencies, the Office of the Governor, and relief organizations for the purpose of search and rescue services. Our member-volunteers look for missing children, search for elderly Alzheimer patients, aid in body recovery and evidence searches, participate in cold cases, and act as a force multiplier to other agencies during peak events.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fire Service, Search & Rescue Service, Disaster Response Service and Emergency Education Services.

Fire Service, Search & Rescue Service, Disaster Response Service and Emergency Education Services.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Fire Service, Search & Rescue Service, Disaster Response Service and Emergency Education Services.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The visibility TEXSAR receives during catastrophic events where we are deployed shows an increase in new members.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Fire Service, Search & Rescue Service, Disaster Response Service and Emergency Education Services.

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric represents the total number of hours that TEXSAR members contributed to this organization throughout the year.

Number of missions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Fire Service, Search & Rescue Service, Disaster Response Service and Emergency Education Services.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

TEXSAR only deploys at the request of an official government agency. This metric represents that number of call outs TEXSAR received during the year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our goals are incorporated into our mission statement: "Committing to service-above-self, perpetual training, and inter-agency cooperation to maintain a constant state of readiness for search, rescue, incident response and above all else, safety."<br/><br/>Ultimately, TEXSAR aims to serve all citizens of Texas and to assist those agencies which need our resources, whether it is to save lives of those who find themselves in harm's way, search for a missing toddler, help locate an elderly citizen with Alzheimer's, or act as force multiplier for cold cases. We are committed to inter-agency cooperation and immediate support when called-upon, and to respond in a moment's notice.

TEXSAR continues to be focused on becoming the greatest nonprofit first responder organizer in the State of Texas. TEXSAR knows it must: - Provide amazing membership experiences by recruiting new members statewide, training them fully, engaging them in quality deployments, recognizing their hard work in meaningful ways, and by acquiring (or building) a top-notch TEXSAR facility for the above purposes (as well as to store and protect our life-saving equipment). - Achieve Type II Wildland and Swift Water SAR Rescue Specifications by recruiting members with an interest in this specific area (statewide), training them fully, and acquiring the equipment required for rapid response strike teams statewide. - Build a robust fundraising program with diverse income streams, from grants and general donations to special events and perhaps at some future point in time, fee-based educational programming. To do this, TEXSAR must nurture its existing donors and in-kind contributors while expanding its base of support from individuals, families, foundations, corporations and potentially government agencies. As part of this effort, cultivation of the media and a more active social media presence will be required. - Develop an office with a physical location, and bring all professional management functions in-house. TEXSAR will either lease or build a new facility to house and protect is growing inventory, to house its permanent office, and to provide a comfortable venue for training volunteers of all types. This will most likely require a capital campaign within the next two years, and the hiring of appropriate professional assistance specifically for this endeavor. - Build an effective Board of Directors by engaging new, non-emergency response volunteers, including able candidates from across the state. TEXSAR must also establish and staff effective committees for membership; training; logistics and finance.

TEXSAR has operated a highly professional but entirely voluntary organization of first responders for over a decade. TEXSAR relies on donations to operate and have now launched into pursuing donations and assistance from foundations, corporations, and individuals. TEXSAR enjoys the support of over 400 highly trained and certified volunteers with expertise in a wide variety of subject matters, from emergency management to field expertise to Internet technologies.

Not only does TEXSAR routinely provide follow-up written reports regarding each and every deployment, it also holds regular Board meetings and regional team meetings throughout the year in all regions of the State. TEXSAR has regional teams in Central Texas, South Central Texas, North Texas, the Gulf Coast, and the Coastal Bend. Progress toward key goals is discussed during these events and adjustments are made as needed. We want every available agency in the State of Texas to be aware of TEXSAR's capabilities, and to know they can call on our services when needed.

TEXSAR has responded provided critical, life-saving support for many emergency events, among them: Disaster Relief (including Hurricanes Harvey, Katrina, Rita, Ike, and Isaac) Central Texas Floods Large Event Safety & Support Missing Person Searches Support/Rehab for Central Texas Fires Victim Extractions and First Aid Air Search Operations Canine Searches Water Searches Shelter Operations TEXSAR is eager to expand its capabilities to respond to emergencies across Texas. With members across Texas, TEXSAR has become the largest wildland search and rescue organization in Texas. We do intend to lease or build a TEXSAR facility within the next few years to bring all our critical life-saving equipment in-house, and to serve as the venue for regular training sessions (which occur year-round). The new facility will also include office space and will become the hub of all TEXSAR activity. Research is underway to identify facility options at the present time.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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TEXSAR

Board of directors
as of 8/24/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Shawn Hohnstreiter

Hohnstreiter, LLC

Term: 2020 - 2021


Board co-chair

Mr. Justen Noakes

H-E-B

Term: 2020 - 2021

Brandon Goering

Real-Comp

Justen Noakes

H-E-B

Shawn Hohnstreiter

Hohnstreiter, LLC

Tyler Jorgensen

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Jonathan McComb

McComb Relocation

Charlie Grove

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Oscar Lopez

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Pam Spann

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Cindy Rockey-Bocz

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Alan Daniel

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Andrew Tull

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Chris Vetromile

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Jon Carey

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Pete Wieckowski

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

Search, rescue, recovery, emergency, disaster, incident management