How Drones have a role to play in Environmental Disasters

As technology has advanced, there has been more and more notable news regarding the use of quadcopters in everyday life. Quadcopters are not only giving us the ability to see things from the sky like we have never seen before, but they are also now showing the potential to be helpful in a state of emergency.

Michael Toscano, the President of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems has stated that having things like quadcopters in the air after natural disasters and after tragedies such as the Boston bombing helps people know and understand what type of risk they may be facing before going in to a rescue zone.

This is particularly critical so that people are not being sent into areas that are so unsafe that they are putting their lives at risk. Instead of walking in to the unknown, quadcopters are now giving rescue workers the ability to see exactly how they can address potentially dangerous situations in the safest way possible. While the use of manned aircraft has typically been the way this has been done, the use of unmanned aircraft allows an individual to get closer to the ground to see what is really going on before sending rescue personnel in.

Here is an example of drones being used after the earthquake in Nepal:

What it means in practice

Quadcopters are also easier to fly and allow an operator to hover over certain areas for extended periods of time so that people on the ground can get a really good look at what is truly going on in a certain area. If a natural disaster occurs and spans a large area, multiple quadcopters can be sent in to different areas to scan the area and look for potential survivors. This is a safer alternative than sending in larger amounts of rescue workers to areas that may not be safe to enter.

The key goal of any type of disaster, whether it be natural or man made, is to get as many people out alive as possible. With a quadcopter, the safety of everyone involved in a rescue attempt is increased. Quadcopters can easily take pictures and help rescuers develop an appropriate plan of action to make sure they are doing their jobs quickly and efficiently.

There is multiple type of quadcopters on the market. Some are designed for personal use and others are designed specifically for large scale jobs. Determining the type of quadcopter that you needs depends largely on the job that you want them to do. If you are using a quadcopter to simply survey land or explore areas that you have never been, a smaller, easy to use unit is recommended. If you are looking for a quadcopter for search and rescue missions there are a variety of larger units and smaller units that all have different type of camera and flying options. The best quadcopters tend to be powerful pieces of equipment with HD cameras and long battery life.

Determine what it is that you want to use your quadcopter for before making a purchase. Also be sure that you check the regulations in your area for having one. Since this type of technology is fairly new for personal use, there needs to be some research done before you commit to a purchase. Always ensure that you are not violating people’s privacy as this could potentially become a crime if you are not aware of what the rules and regulations are for quadcopters in your area.