A report entitled “Drones for Disaster Response and Relief Operations,” was released to the public at the Risk Insurance Management Society’s (RIMS) annual conference. It goes into detail about how UAS can be used to aid in the four stages of a disaster: prevention, preparation, response and recovery.
The report was prepared by Measure and the American Red Cross, with support from a number of large companies. They include Zurich (who released the report), USAA, UPS, Willis, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, IBM, Guy Carpenter, and the states of New York, New Jersey, and Washington.
The report is a comprehensive 52 pages and I encourage you to read it. There is also a good summary from Claims Journal. Claims Journal links to a story they did about a University of Delaware professor researching UAS in disaster recover. I wrote about the same professor, Arthur Trembanis, Associate Professor of Oceanography at the University of Delaware School of Marine Science and Policy (this is a News Round-up and the story with video is at the end of the post).