Consortium and Kansas County Announce Drone Emergency Response Deal

The Property Drone Consortium and emergency managers for Marion County, Kan. announced a public-private partnership under which the consortium will provide the county with an unmanned aerial system, sensor and resources.

The county plans to deploy the system in the event of catastrophic events to support its emergency management and response efforts.

“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,” Charles Mondello, president of the PDC, said in a statement.

DronesRandy Frank, director of Marion County Emergency Management, said planned uses include assessing damage from floods, tornados, earthquakes, forest fires and hazardous material spills.

PDC is a collaboration that consists of insurance carriers, roofing industry leaders and supporting enterprises.