How Communications, Preparation and Willingness to Help Were Keys in Hurricane Crises

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Drones Fly in Where People Fear to Tread During Hurricanes

Drones have gradually been working themselves into the enterprise and carrier playbook. Hurricane Harvey may prove to have been the coming out party for drones.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) generally suspends air traffic during emergencies. Wired reports that it made many exceptions – 43 at the time the story was posted and presumably more since – for drones. They had to follow drone rules (fly below 400 feet, within pilot’s vision and not over crowds).

Fort Bend County, which is southwest of Houston, used drones to inspect roads, bridges and water treatment plants. Oil and gas companies used five of the authorizations to inspect hard-to- reach assets. The Union Pacific Railroad was granted eight.

The severity of the weather during the past month is startling. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are breathtaking examples that we are all at the mercy of Mother Nature, no matter how far technology has advanced.

But technology can help mitigate the worst of a storm’s impact, and it can save lives. This slideshow, put together mostly between the two devastating storms, shows how entrepreneurial thinking, innovation and selflessness can make things better, covering how organizations reacted and telecommunications products that helped.

If we can learn a major lesson, it’s that nothing is more important than planning ahead. What can be done once the winds start howling and the rain starts falling is limited. Lexography suggests that attention be paid to employee safety. Some crucial steps: Create a comprehensive emergency action plan, make sure employees are familiar with the plan, recognize both short-term and long-term dangers employees face, ensure that employees are trained, review regulations before assigning cleanup tasks, and assess the safety records of independent contractors hired for the cleanup.


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