How Drones can be the Next Rescue Force in Disaster

With all the recent natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes around the Globe, it’s obvious why we’d need better help with search and rescue missions. And drones can be the next force in that department, effectively helping thousands of stranded people. Don’t know how? You’re on the right page because we’re going to discuss their advantages.

Drones have a small size

DO you know those movies where some people are stranded on a deserted island and have lost all hope of ever being found, then they hear the sound of a helicopter, but alas, they can’t be seen because they’re in a forest? Too bad the helicopter can’t actually fly beneath the trees, right?

But guess what, drones can do that. So size is an inherent advantage of military drones because they can get in some very tight, narrow places, which is great for all search missions. Just imagine that some people are trapped under some ruins, and the authorities don’t know if anyone is alive there. It’s way easier to send a drone first, rather than risk sending firefighters and risk their lives too.

Besides, after some natural disasters when buildings collapse but still have some walls left standing, the authorities decide it’s better to demolish them too before starting reconstructions. So what would happen if some innocent victim would still be trapped there? It’s better to send out a drone first to investigate.

Drones can fly by themselves

This is a great assistance in search and rescue because you can’t plan for everything. Of course, the drones won’t fly chaotically and help people without being programmed to do so, but they can avoid unpredictable obstacles.

Say you’re sending a drone into a building that’s caught fire. It’s too dangerous to send a whole troop of firefighters inside because of a structure that’s bound to collapse, and you don’t know if there are still alive people inside. You also don’t know where these might be.

So sending in a drone would be lifesaving both for the firefighters and for the trapped victims. Flying by itself, it can easily avoid obstacles like collapsing parts of the building that caught fire. And this can be done with minute precision and robotic cold-blood, which function better than the reflexes of people, no matter how well trained they are.

Drones can use thermal imaging to better identify the victims and do realize if they are alive. They can immediately send this info to the fire squad, and certain firefighters can get inside right to where the victims are located.

Drones can monitor certain locations

It’s also a great help to use drones for monitoring certain locations where you know a natural disaster might occur, like a bridge collapsing or a volcano that can erupt any second now. Just imagine how both costly and dangerous would be to use humans to do that. And don’t even think about using a regular camera, that can’t possibly fly around the problem-area, scouting it from all possible angles. Installing different cameras to keep all the angles covered would also be costly and inefficient.

With their incredible ability to survey a certain location, drones can map entire regions very fast and can keep track of everything that goes on there. They can send this info to the right people who can then make informed evaluations and accurate predictions about the likelihood of a certain negative event.

But say there are quarantined victims in a certain location. Apart from keeping track of their health status and needs, drones can also be sent to them with material help. Drones can carry supplies such as food, water, medicine, and clothes easily. At the same time, the victims’ loved ones will be constantly informed about their situation.

Drones don’t cost very much

That’s very important from two points of view. Firstly, the military and law enforcement can use their budget to acquiring the needed number of drones without any issues. It’s even arguably a better investment than hiring new personnel and instructing people for search and rescue missions that are life-threatening. So human resources that can sometimes be lost in rescue missions are now replaced by drones.

But there’s an additional advantage here because a low cost means that regular people can afford drones too. And even if there’s a no-fly rule enforced in the case of a natural disaster, imagine that you’re the one trapped under a heavy layer of debris. What would you do? Well, sending out your very own drone to bring out help to your location is our first idea.

Drones have already helped people

This is a valid argument because it shows that the debate regarding the usefulness of drones isn’t just theoretical. The Chinese company Dà-Jiāng Innovations Science and Technology has already proved that drones save an average of one life each week.  And the most interesting fact is that one-third of the victims are helped by consumer drones.

So the huge rescue potential of drones should be tapped into further. Take the case of the Auburn Fire Department that saved an 18-year old kid from drowning in 2015. He was floating around already far from the river banks, so there was no way to reach him in time. And using a helicopter would have been much more expensive, as well as riskier. But with the help of a professional quadcopter drone, they were able to throw him a life vest.

And since we already know that this isn’t a singular case and that drones can intervene fast to help stranded people with great results, the only thing that’s left now is to bring legislation up to speed. Even if consumer drones can and do help people, it’s better that these rescue efforts are supervised by law enforcement as much as possible.

But no one’s denying that a personal drone can help everyone in case of an emergency or survival situation. So will you get your own? Leave us a message below.