Drones and Disaster Relief
When it comes to any kind of disaster, we as a people want the quickest and most efficient way to receive relief. Sometimes, however, we are exposed to dangerous situations where relief efforts are delayed due to circumstance. These circumstances are not just dangerous for the public, but also for people who are trying to bring relief to those in need, those who may be trying to gather information, and other emergency responders. The use of drones has become one of the fastest growing answers to quicker and safer relief through disaster preparedness.
The Value of Drones
Drones are unmanned aircrafts or ships that can navigate an environment independently, without human control or beyond the line of sight. In any kind of natural disaster, drones are able to engage and work efficiently without endangering rescue workers or people trying to gather information. This leads to quicker relief efforts due to a better understanding of the catastrophic environment through faster information gathering, without risking more lives. Where it can take a helicopter, fire truck or ambulance over thirty minutes to an hour to respond and bring relief, drones are operational within three minutes. They can even bring various items to disaster areas like food, clothing, and medicine. As the technology improves and becomes more accepted within society, more and more drones will be seen in the sky replacing many of our current life-saving emergency responders. It is important to remain educated on this topic to be able to recognize a drone if you ever are in need of help. It could save your life! Here are some examples of drone use.
- In 2007, drones with infrared sensors were used during the California wildfires to puncture through barriers of smoke to deliver information about the size of the blaze.
- In 2010, the Air Force released a drone by the name of “Global Hawk” to map the damage in Port-Au-Prince so that they could target areas for relief work.
- Last December, a typhoon slammed the Philippines, and drones were deployed to bolster relief efforts.
Prepare Yourself and Loved Ones
Prepare yourself and loved ones for anything that Mother Nature may throw at you. We never know when natural disaster will strike upon us, so you must take responsibility and prepare for any element of disaster. Knowing that you and your loved ones are in a safe environment when a disastrous event happens makes all the difference. Please check out our modular safe rooms, underground bunkers, and above ground safe rooms for additional safety information. As a first class company, we at U.S. Safe Room® pride ourselves on producing and delivering the best life-saving products and information available. Feel free to give us a call at (888) 588-6751 to speak to a friendly staff member, and like us on Facebook for more news and relevant information! Be safe!
Drone and Moon photo by Don McCullough. Drone Flight Prep, U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Katerine Noll/Released