Drones, while fun to fly, also serve a more serious purpose. There is a worldwide trend ongoing where drones are being utilized in emergency services. In fact, having a drone out in the field can make quick work of any situation. Search and rescue for instance can use drones to scout a larger amount of area.
When going by foot, the trail may often go cold before enough land receives coverage. A drone equipped with a camera can search for victims more efficiently. Having a drone with an added thermal camera can help spot people easily. Worker Safety is also an issue that drones solve quite effectively. Without having to go in dangerous or unstable areas, workers are in no risk of injury while searching. They can simply stay in their headquarters or field center while gathering data from drones.
In Alabama, the threat of a tornado is a constant source of worry. With a tornado, countless neighborhoods receive damage every year. Infrastructures such as bridges are also not immune to nature’s wrath. When a devastating tornado lands on an area, you can bet there will be casualties. There are also those that need rescuing. These people may be trapped under debris, isolated on rooftops, or simply amongst the ruins. A manual search, even with the help of dogs, can take a long time. Time, in these cases, is of the essence. The faster response time in these situations, the better chance of saving a life.
Apart from using cameras to assess areas and locate survivors, drones can also use their speakers. These can create a loud enough noise to send messages to nearby people. Responders and rescuers can then tell people in the area (through the drone) to point them at the nearest safe zone. It can also inform people that indeed, help is on the way, and they should stay alert for signs.