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The National Search and Rescue Committee is a federal-level committee formed to coordinate civil search and rescue (SAR) matters of interagency interest within the United States.

2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE * Washington DC 20593
Phone: (202) 372-2090 * Facsimile: (202) 372-8357*
Email NSARC Secretariat here

 NSARC Member Agencies
Logos from the eight different agencies that make up the National SAR Committee


DHS Dept. of Homeland Security
Assistant Commandant for Response Policy / Office of Search and Rescue
U. S. Coast Guard
USCG Search and Rescue Program
FEMA Urban Search and Rescue
DOD Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD); Defense POW/MISSING Personnel Office
U. S. Air Force
USAF Rescue Coordination Center
DOS Department of State Ocean and Polar Affairs

Department of Commerce            

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

DOT Department of Transportation


DOI Department of Interior National Park Service
U.S. Geological Survey
FCC Federal Communications Commission


NASA National Aeronautics and
Space Administration
NASA SAR Mission Home Page


United States SAR Publications

  • U.S. National Search and Rescue Committee (NSARC) Interagency Agreement - 2016  
  • National Search and Rescue Plan of the United States - 2016
  • U.S. National Search and Rescue Supplement to the IAMSAR Manual - NEW


Catastrophic Incident SAR

  • Catastrophic Incident SAR Addendum (Version 3.0)
  • Emergency Support Function #9 - May 2013    
  • USCG Incident Management Handbook (May 2014)    
  • FEMA Documents and Links
    • FEMA Directive: Use of the United States National Grid (092-5)
    • National Preparedness Goal (First Edition) September, 2011
    • National Preparedness System (February 2016)
    • National Planning System Fact Sheet
    • National Response Framework Resource Center
    • National Response Framework (2nd Edition) - May 2013
    • Overview of the National Planning Frameworks - May 2013
    • Catastrophic Incident Annex
    • National Incident Management System (NIMS)
    • National Incident Management System Guideline for Mutual Aid (November, 2017)       
    • National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG) Version 1.4
    • Joint Field Office Aviation Branch Operations Manual (September 9, 2009)
    • FEMA National Incident Support Manual (February 2001)
    • FEMA Incident Action Planning Guide (January 2012)
    • National Urban Search and Rescue Response (SAR) System
    • FEMA Training Website
    • FEMA Urban SAR Website


Mass Rescue Operations

  • Coast Guard Passenger Vessel Safety Program    
  • USCG MRO Planning Guidance    
  • National SAR Supplement on Mass Rescue Operations    
  • International Maritime Organization (IMO) Guidance Documents    
  • Alaska Maritime Mass Rescue Operations Job Aids    
  • Costa Concordia Summary of Emergency Response Management, 2012        
  • Black Swan After Action Report Executive Summary, August 2013
  • Black Swan After Action Report Executive Summary, August 2015


Maritime SAR   

  • U.S. Coast Guard Addendum to the United States National SAR Supplement
  • Theory of Search: A Simplified Explanation


Land SAR

  • Inland SAR School    
  • Land SAR Addendum    
  • Helicopter Rescue Techniques  
  • Swift water Rescue Manual
  • Technical Rescue Handbook   
  • A Simple Guide to Conducting Ground Search and Rescue Detection Experiments (VOL I)    
  • A Simple Guide to Conducting Ground Search and Rescue Detection Experiments (VOL II)    
  • Integrated Detection Experiment Assistant    
  • Sweep Width Estimation for Ground Search and Rescue    
  • Compatibility of Land SAR Procedures with Search Theory    
  • A Method of Determining Effective Sweep Widths for Land Searches; Procedures for Conducting
    • Detection Experiments    
  • Australian Land SAR Manual    
  • Good Samaritan Laws for Every State


International SAR

  • List of IMO Documents and Publications        
  • Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea: Guidance on Ensuring the Safety and Security of Seafarers and Rescued Persons (2015)
  • Maritime Safety Committee: Guidelines on the Treatment of Persons Rescued at Sea (Resolution MSC.167(78); adopted on 20 May 2004)
  • International Convention on Salvage, 1989
  • Convention of the High Seas, 1958
  • Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (1951) and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees (1967)
  • Convention of Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (1965)
  • United Nations General Assembly Resolution 57/150: Strengthening the effectiveness and coordination of international urban search and rescue assistance (2003)
  • International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG): Hyogo Declaration (2010)
  • Rescue at Sea: A guide to principles and practices as applied to migrants and refugees (2015)        
  • International Manual for Aircraft Coordinator    
  • Guide for Cold Water Survival    
  • Maritime SAR Regions    
  • Search and Rescue Contacts


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