About Alpha SAR

Highly qualified volunteers dedicated to finding the missing. An all volunteer search and rescue team based Houston, TX.

Area Search Canine Lily after finding a missing person at training Alpha Search and Recovery team members are all volunteers, who dedicate their own time and resources to locating missing persons. All Alpha SAR members receive training in all areas involved in effective and cooperative search and rescue teams. Team members are trained in Incident Command System, which is part of the National Incident Management System used by FEMA and most branches of the Federal Government. Having members trained in ICS and NIMS allows the team to efficiently partner with other government agencies for searches and disaster relief. Team members are also trained to become a SARTech II as outlined by the National Association of Search And Rescue.

All training is provided to Alpha SAR members and member candidates free of charge.

Search and Rescue Members Training with Compass on Land Navigation

Alpha SAR Training:

  • Canine Search Techniques
  • Land Navigation
  • Communications
  • Clue Awareness
  • Crime Scene Preservation
  • Tracking
  • KnotsSearch and Rescue Training
  • Survival Techniques
  • Search Management
  • Basic First Aid
  • CPR certifications
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Incident Command System
  • UAV Surveillance
Interested in Joining?

All Alpha SAR members are dedicated volunteers. Some members work with canines, but not all members. Alpha SAR generally trains once a week as a full team and most members train twice a week or more.

So that others may live…
Members are expected to attend as many training sessions as possible. Check the Calendar for dates and times to come out. Interested in joining with your canine, check out our Canine Training page for more information. Want to help, but don’t have the time to dedicate? Visit our Donations page to see how you can help!

Other ways to Help
  • Amazon Smile
    Another charitable program offered by a common retailer is Amazon Smile. Details may be found on Amazon’s website. In short, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Alpha SAR. Every little bit helps, and we would be proud to put your contribution to work in the community. While you’re perusing Amazon’s vast inventory, don’t forget to stop on by the Alpha SAR bookstore to find recommended Search and Rescue training reading materials, equipment, or general survival books. Shop for great deals at smile.amazon.com/ch/45-5522794
  • Giving Assistant
    Shop. Earn. Give! Use Giving Assistant to earn cash back at 2,500+ popular online stores, then donate a percentage of that cash back to organizations you value—as much as 30% of your total purchase price. You’ll also enjoy deals like exclusive Gap coupons and special offers at stores like Lowe’s (4%) and Hobby Lobby (4%), all while supporting our mission with your donations.
  • Kroger Community Rewards
    Want to support Alpha SAR, but don’t have the time or the flexibility to join training or searches?  Well you can help by associating your Kroger’s card with Alpha Search and Recovery, and the team will earn a charitable contribution every time you shop!  If you did this last year, thank you!  But per Kroger, “…all participants must re-enroll each year to continue earning rewards for their chosen organization.”

    To sign-up for Kroger Community Rewards, create a Kroger online account, if you do not already have one to link your Kroger card number.  Once logged into your Kroger account, select Account Summary in the Account Settings section to be able to edit and search in Community Rewards for ALPHA SEARCH AND RECOVERY (direct hyperlink should take you to the search page to add us).  Or type “ALPHA SEARCH AND RECOVERY” for the Organization Name and Kroger assigned Organization Number of “90964” for the Kroger Community Rewards. The Community Rewards section will display your Enrollment Date and Last Quarter Kroger Donation