The Property Drone Consortium (PDC) – a collaboration comprising insurance carriers, roofing industry stakeholders and supporting enterprises – has announced a public-private partnership with the emergency management department of Marion County, Kansas.
The consortium says it will provide Marion County with an appropriate UAS and sensor, as well as other resources. The county will deploy the system in the event of catastrophic events to support its emergency management and response efforts.
“We’re very pleased to have developed this agreement with Marion County,” says Charles Mondello, president of the PDC. “In exchange for providing Marion County with resources, the county will provide the PDC with imagery and data collected, which will allow our own members to assess the use of UAS for timely post-catastrophe property inspection for the rapid settlement of claims to victims in the future.”
Marion County says it recognizes the potential of UAS in supporting critical government activities in emergency management planning and response.
Randy Frank, director of Marion County Emergency Management, explains, “Use cases include assessing the severity and damage from both natural catastrophes such as floods, tornadoes and earthquakes – and man-made ones such as forest fires or hazardous material spills.”