- Department of Homeland Security,
- Department of Interior,
- Department of Commerce,
- Department of Defense,
- Department of Transportation,
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and
- Federal Communication Commission.
Consequently, this new bible for all land based SAR in the United States and territories, now joins the Catastrophic Incident Search and Rescue Addendum to the same manual cited above, in clearly stating which geographic coordinate system will be used: U.S. National Grid (USNG). To download copies of these manuals (Update -10:20, March 1, 2012: Alternate download links have been provided):
- Click here for the Land Search and Rescue Addendum (5.68 MB PDF, see pages 4-43 thru 4-51). Alternate download link, click here, or here.
- Click here for the Catastrophic Incident Search and Rescue Addendum (2.59 MB PDF, see pages 112 thru 119). Alternate download link, click here, or here.
Comment: There is no longer any ambiguity that will allow individuals to argue the current Catastrophic Incident Search and Rescue Addendum released in 2009 really does not apply to "routine, everyday SAR" activities. It's cut and dry, black and white. If responders are searching for missing souls, and those operations are being carried out on land, U.S. National Grid, IS the coordinate reference system.
A big thanks to Nash Pherson of the Minnesota Wing Civil Air Patrol for bringing forward this important development.