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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Human Services, Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief, Search & Rescue Squads

Mission: Rapid Search and Rescue is a nationally certified team of trained volunteers who assist law enforcement and families of missing. We also work with fire departments, DNR, law enforcement and other agencies during natural disasters. We can provide our task force team STOW- Search Teams of Wisconsin. STOW task force includes CERTIFIED scent, tracking and HR K9’s. We also have mounted units and boots on the ground available. STOW will come and assist with your search. We can provide trained certified team leaders to assist with a volunteer search. We also have a mobile response unit available with incident command, planning, operations, full communication center and gps mapping. Rapid Search and Rescue also aids with searches around the country via phone and internet, working with other Certified Search and Rescue teams on search missions. We help to bring awareness via community, internet and social networking for missing loved ones and their families. All of our services are provided by certified volunteers and are done at no charge.

Target demographics: We assist law enforment and family's of the missing.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 86 families of the missing and 11 Law Enforcement Agencies

Geographic areas served: State of WI for Ground Support/IC Support

Programs: We can provide boots on the ground/ IC support anywhere in the state of WI. For those outside of WI we can provide flyer awareness campaigns and others connect to resources in their area.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is an amazing group of volunteers that goes above and beyond to help and support families of the missing! I have gotten to know them over the years, first, when they searched for my missing mother back in 2013 on several different occasions. They really were wonderful with comforting us through a difficult time for our family! They even came out and searched on Mother's Day... sacrificing time with their own families to search for our missing mother! I got to know them better as the years went on, and they supported me and encouraged me when I was thinking about starting my own nonprofit, which also helps families of the missing. I have continued to work closely with this group ever since and have referred many families to them for help! The community is very lucky to have such an amazing resource to help search for missing persons! I am very grateful to work with such a dedicated group!

1 Rachel A R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had two direct experiences with this organization. Both were positive. The first interaction took place the year Rapids Search and Rescue was founded. They provided support in the search for a friend of mine who went missing. Even as a new organization, the impact of their involvement was immediate and profound. They turned a chaotic mess of civilian volunteer search crews into an organized, systematic and efficient team. Rapids Seach and Rescue also committed to and stuck with the family's search efforts well beyond the timeframe anyone would have expected. My friend was missing for months- it turned out he had fallen through thin ice on a lake, which had quickly refrozen over him. I firmly believe that if his body would have been accessible to humans or K9s, the efforts of Rapids Search and Rescue would have given my friend's family closure very quickly. Even with the circumstances of my friend's situation, their compassionate and thorough assistance was a great comfort to the family and friends during a difficult time.

My second interaction with Rapids Search and Rescue was last year and involved their internet based assistance. After learning the partial name of a half sister I'd never known I had, I made a post on social media mentioning my desire to find her. The parent we had in common was deceased, and I had no other sources of information. A volunteer reached out to me and immediately launched into work. She thought of things I never would have and researched databases I didn't have access to. She dug up marriage certificates, military records, news articles, and photographs I had never seen. My sister was found within four days of me first learning of her existence. And I have Rapids Search and Rescue to thank for that. I was never charged a dime for their help. But it's worth more than words can say.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud of the connections that are made through this organization. It's a relief to see people come together for a stranger. Greg Senn was a very good friend of mine, and you were there. Thank you...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rapid Search and Rescue was immediately responsive when I reached out when our friend Sean Baek, went missing this past year. I was not a client, but a community member and a friend who wanted to spread the word and assist anyway possible in the search for our friend
Rapid Search and Rescue was incredibly helpful, insightful, and on point with the information shared, throughout the time Sean was missing. Rapid Search and Rescue was also right there, to follow through with support, and was truly a beacon of light, when Sean was found an angel.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are quick and thorough in sharing info on missing people. They update and let us know if the person is found. They are friendly and reply when you ask them questions. One of the best non-profit we as a community has. We are very fortunate to have them looking out for our family members.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this wonderful cooperation since the year it was found back in 2012. We have been able to provide assistance to law enforcement in the state of WI for ground support/IC. We have also provided help to hundreds of family's of the missing in the United States and 4 countries outside of the US