After conducting a successful large-scale disaster drill, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) concluded that general aviation pilots, aircraft, and airports (such as Torrance Airport) are key resources in event of a national or regional disaster emergency. A May 2013 report by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) identified the critical role of airports in disaster recovery, including:
General Aviation airports, pilots and airplanes played crucial roles in immediate relief and recovery from local disasters in:
Many studies have shown the critical value of local airports and civilian aviation resources in disaster response and recovery. The Torrance Airport Association is leading local efforts to include our airport resources in the local, regional, and state disaster response and recovery planning activities and to organize our local pilots and aircraft to support those activities. In a serious regional emergency, TAA's Disaster Airlift Response Team (T-DART) is ready to respond.
The Employee Community Fund of Boeing has provided a generous grant to establish the DART program at Torrance Airport.