Drones and Disasters: How FAA Policy Changes Could Save Lives

Imagine having a bird’s eye view of a disaster area just minutes or hours after the disaster occurs. Those moments when debris or other dangers prevent physical access to the site are often the most critical in terms of search and rescue and property recovery efforts. Drones offer new opportunities to assist communities and survivors in the moments they need help the most, however, current FAA policy doesn’t allow private sector use of drones for disaster recovery during these critical times. A new study, conducted by Measure, recommends regulatory changes that could save lives and help communities recover from disaster more quickly.