Portland Transportation Bureau Seeks UAS for Storm Relief

As part of a new budget request, the Portland, Ore., Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is seeking funds to purchase unmanned aircraft systems to help aid disaster response.

According to a press release from Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the PBOT, the PBOT is seeking $12,000 for “two aerial drones for use in evaluating landslides and floods.”

The money would be part of a $2.8 million budget request, which includes a $1.2 million “one-time general fund investment” for equipment that also includes de-icing, sanding, and salting vehicles and materials.

Pending city council approval, the funds would be available in the budget year starting July 1.

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