The uses and usefulness of drones is limited only by the imagination. Here are a number features of drones that make them ideal tools for vario7 types of natural disaster response efforts.
Because of thermal imaging systems SAR teams can easily find victims during night-time searches, or in areas of dense foliage, or in the case of victims trapped in rubble. With these cameras operators easily spot humans due to their body heat, and the built-in GPS systems which standard on most drones can result in pinpointing the exact location of victims.
One basic add-on that is immensely useful in search and rescue operations is a simple spotlight. For night-time rescue efforts, a light attached to a drone, in tandem with live video streaming, enables practical and straightforward searching of large areas in a short space of time.