With Hurricane Florence about to hit east coast, many drone pilots have been reaching out to us – and inquiring how they can help out. While we appreciate the noble intent, flying your drone in hurricane stricken areas is not permitted unless you have proper authorization.
Rather than getting in touch with the FAA, you need to get authorization from FEMA. Passing the FEMA ICS-100 online test will render you eligible for flying. Click here for step by step instructions for passing your FEMA test. You can also get in touch with DroneBase and Uplift and check if they need your help with any jobs. Contacting Humanitarian Drones is another way of helping out. If you are flying for search & rescue or search & recovery, get in touch with Paul or PJ from TerraVigilis to access a search and rescue software which will help you immensely with your image processing.
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- [00:34] Paul shares details of our new Search and Rescue class
- [04:05] Today’s Part 107 Practice Question
- [05:08] Learn about our cool sponsor, Colorado Drone Chargers
- [06:10] Today we discuss how drone pilots can help out with Hurricane Florence disaster relief
- [08:10] Can you self deploy to help out in hurricane stricken areas?
- [08:28] Should you call the FAA if you wish to help out in disaster relief?
- [09:05] Whom can you contact if you wish to help out in disaster relief?
- [10:45] How can drone pilots contact FEMA?
- [11:13] Practical considerations for helping out in disaster relief
- [12:28] How to pass the FEMA ICS-100 online test
- [12:50] Necessary to get basic survival training before you help out in disaster relief
- [13:35] Should you look for ways to help out via DroneBase and Uplift?
- [15:33] Get in touch with Paul or PJ to access a search and rescue software that can help you with image processing
- [17:05] Learn about our forthcoming mapping training with Pix4D and NTSB