Drones Save Lives
Drones for Disaster Relief
When man power isn't enough!
Air Supply Delivery Drones
These drones fly to marked positions to deliver survival resources such as food, water, tools, medical supplies, and clothes to people that are out of reach for the first responders. The help get supplies directly to people in need and keep them from having to venture out from whatever shelter they have.
Amphibious Supply Delivery Drones
Similar to the Air Supply Delivery Drones although these ones are able to travel both underwater and on land. This allows them to reach people who are trapped indoors and not able to reach the air drop supply zones. These drones could also be useful in identifying underwater hazards in major flooding situations.
Mapping and Marking Drones
These drones are immediate responders that fly over the disaster site and map the area making note of all damages and people it can find. With it's advanced mapping abilities, people in need of immediate assistance will be marked and ready for first responders on the ground. They greatly increase the organization and efficiency of your relief responders.
Air Supply Delivery Drones
Amphibious Supply Delivery Drones
Mapping and Marking Drones
Drones Versus Helicopters
Drones are the future of search and rescue technology. Although helicopters offer many great abilities that have led to the saving of thousands of lives and have been the primary tool for search and rescue for quite some time now, drones offer abilities and advantages that helicopters just don’t have. Therefore, it is time that we pair our search and rescue teams and helicopters with drones in order to maximize our effectiveness to help and rescue people in times of extreme emergency.
Drones are much smaller than helicopters by nature, and this leads to several natural advantages. In times of emergency or natural disaster, the circumstances are typically not ideal, especially for a large and clumsy helicopter. Drones are small and agile, and can navigate into much smaller spaces and windows, allowing them to reach more places. In times of flood, when people are stranded on top of their homes, drones are small and agile enough to land directly on top of the roofs of buildings to bring provisions and supplies. Drones also have the ability to fly much closer to the ground safely due to their small size, and as they are equipped with cameras and sensors, are able to get a much better quality look at the situation at hand and offer much more value information to organizations like FEMA that are trying to figure out the best way to help. In most of these situations, the helicopter would be limited by the fact that it would be at a much larger distance from the actual emergency. They helicopter would have lower visibility and would struggle to deliver supplies accurately to small targets such as a single house, especially in high winds.
Drones also offer much more airtime than helicopters do. Currently, the helicopters most commonly used by FEMA offer an average of about 3.7 hours of flight time. The Navy has already developed drones that can fly for up to 48 hours straight. As drones become more popular and technology increases, it’s very realistic to see this number continue to climb even higher. This offers an incredible advantage, especially when trying to survey a large area affected by natural disaster or search for people in need.
One of the most important advantages that drones offer over helicopters that is often looked over, is that they are dispensable when compared to helicopters. This being because when a helicopter is crashed there is almost certainly going to be one death, if not more. Drones on the other hand should not endanger a single person in most cases. Human life is priceless, and as an organization that is dedicated to saving people we understand the importance of protecting the brave men and women that are a part of the rescue crews. By incorporating drones into these teams, not only are we adding a lot of advantages and tools that helicopters don’t offer, we are protecting our own people from being put in harm’s way and potentially opening the door to pursuing rescue missions that previously would have been deemed too risky or dangerous. Helicopters are great tools and they have their place on search and rescue teams, but the incorporation of drones is the next step towards saving more lives
Minimizing Risk of Disease Outbreak
According to a 2007 study conducted by the CDC the cause of disease outbreak following a national disaster is often mis-attributed to the large amount of dead bodies instead of the large portion of population that gets displaced. The dead bodies are only a concern for disease outbreak if the person died of cholera or hemorrhagic fevers, whereas the displaced population are at a high risk for disease outbreak if they do not have access to clean water and toilets. This problem is exaggerated by not only the media but also health officials. Furthermore, this misinformation is augmented by the lack of communication/abundance of misinformation that occurs during national disasters.
Our firm is suggesting that FEMA take advantage a fleet of drones as a primary source of gathering information and communicating in favor of helicopters. Like most drones, ours come with the ability to be piloted remotely via a live stream video feed to a FEMA headquarters. Furthermore The drones come equipped with hardware that allows them to collect blood and stool samples that can be returned to the HQ to test for cholera or hemorrhagic fever. Additionally, the drones are capable of taking water samples to ensure that the water any survivors have is, in fact, clean. Lastly our drones include a 'rover' mode where the drone can be sent on a preset path to take pictures of the surrounding areas.
This gives the drones a distinct advantage over the helicopters. First of all, the will be able to cover more area. According to a 2015 article titled "The Economics of Drone Deliver," one drone that was delivering 4.4lbs of blood samples that went 6.1 miles in 15 minutes had a net cost of $0.24. Compare that to the average cost of running a medical evacuation helicopter for a similar time period (this could easily run a couple hundred to a thousand dollars) and it's easy to see that since drones are so much cheaper, we can run many more drones - per dollar - than helicopters, thus, covering more area. Not only that be the samples that they collect will be processes that they can complete without landing. A similar process would take exponentially longer in a helicopter if it could even be completed at all (due to having to find a landing spot). Lastly, the rover mode will allow the drone to be productive even if all members on site are currently busy and in some cases it would allow the drone to capture information when the helicopter could not. One example of this would be a power outage where the helicopter cannot take off because the pilot would need to communicate with air traffic control. The drone, however, has no such restrictions.
Tying all of these features together will allow FEMA to be more efficient at finding survivors and identifying scenarios where the risk for disease outbreak is high. Additionally, it will prevent FEMA from throwing away resources to remove dead bodies when they are not even at high risk for disease outbreak. Do not wait until the next time emergency relief efforts are required to decide that this would have been the right call.
Drones are Economically Superior
Infrastructure and Resources
As far as the central operations facility, we have one central hub from which the drones are operated. This limits the number of pilots to a small team that can fly relief missions all over the globe from a single room. Some of our pilots are ex-military and the rest have gone through our extensive drone flight course. It is imperative that we have the best pilots because most of the situations that these drones will be responding to are in considered chaos level conditions and that makes safety to everyone involved our utmost priority. The centralization of our pilots also makes them a strong unit. They work directly in contact with one another meaning there is no lapse in communication between them. The facility itself is off the main power grid and uses US Military grade operations systems, thus minimizing the chances of power outage and cyber attack. There is also always a team on standby because disaster can occur at any moment and we ensure a timely response.
Along with the drones themselves, there are small stockpiles of emergency resources such as, food, water, tools, medical supplies, and clothes that can be loaded and delivered immediately by the supply drones. This allows people to get survival resources faster while waiting for the ground response team. With stockpiled resources available with the drones it also means less supplies will get wasted at the front lines. Drones will be able to deliver them directly to people in need keeping them out of danger by forcing them to leave their shelter. Our number one focus with our drones is helping people in need. With a strong infrastructure in place and fast response team that can get the resources and information into the right hands, there's no telling the countless more lives that can be saved. Drones save lives.
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