Search & Rescue Drones are in Invaluable Tool when Disaster Strikes
When an emergency event takes place, and lives are in danger, Americans band together and put their political, religious and other differences aside. This week, across the nation, people united to send aide in the form of food, clothing, water, volunteer services and prayers to those suffering the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey in Houston and surrounding areas. Texans are using their personal boats to try to rescue those in danger, and the US military has sent in troops, boats, helicopters, and planes to help the more than 30,000 people affected by this catastrophic storm.
While search and rescue missions are nothing that anyone ever wants to have to think about, when one is necessary, as is the case in Houston, time is of the essence and all available resources need to be immediately put into action.
While people and in this case boats and other ground assets are absolutely essential, it’s crucial to get an overview of the situation—especially when the scope is vast as with Houston—and the best way to do that is from the sky.
While we’ve long employed helicopters and planes for this purpose, we have a new tool available in the form of search & rescue drones also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that may help make search and rescue missions more successful.
Drones have the following advantages over planes and helicopters:
Drones are immediately available to be utilized. In these types of emergency situations, seconds can mean the difference between life and death. A drone can be already scanning the area before a pilot can even prepare for take-off in a plane or helicopter.
Their size gives them easy access to small places that could prove prohibitive for planes and even helicopters sometimes. Additionally, drones can cover a vast area very quickly and provide real-time data such as thermal information—allowing them to locate people very rapidly in any environment and visibility. And these devices are now equipped to carry a life preserver.
As our knowledge and technology continue to grow, Verydrone strives to find new, innovative, exciting and life-saving ways to use drones. Currently several drone models are available that can aid first responders in search & rescue, and Verydrone can help you find the right one to meet your needs. Please contact us at 954-580-9551 for more information, or visit our South Florida drone store anytime.
This week Verydrone joins the nation in prayer and solidarity for the people of Houston and surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.