Flood Disaster Preparedness Solution

Flood Disaster Preparedness has never been more important than now, though it is difficult to prepare victims for the destruction and devastation of a flood. During floods property and possessions will be lost and safety is threatened.  

1.2 million deaths. 2.9 billion people affected. $1.7 trillion in damages. According to data from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, these staggering figures are the total economic and human impact of global disasters from 2002 to 2012. With a steady growth in annual disasters, especially climate-related ones, emergency management strategies are being put under the microscope. Disaster management technologies, on the other hand, have seen some remarkable breakthroughs in the past decade.

The initial response to any disaster is critical in determining the success of the follow-on response.  Immediate overhead imagery showing the impact of the disaster (by day or night) is critical in being able to inform the first responders and the international community, to assist in the correct aid arriving as soon as possible. 

Getting into the interior of the disaster during flooding emergencies is difficult, a lot of garbage will float in the water and traditional rescue boat propellers easily get snagged and become immobilized; water jet in-take engines are also affected, hovercraft will hover typically 9 inches above the surface and is therefore not affected.

During the recovery phase, UAV are able to enter damaged buildings and search for trapped personnel using unique sensors.  Immediate response to disaster events also warrant a high use of unmanned system to ensure safety to first responder and the public.

Helicopters are expensive to operate, and 100 mph downdraft winds require a long winch cable which slows response times – when waters rise, victims climb trees and pylons, helicopters cannot see victims under thick tree cover or operate near pylons.

Preparedness Highlights

Disaster decision support system
Real-time Resource-Disaster Assignment
Assigns Public Resource to Disaster Area
Aerial/Amphibious & All Terrain
Integrated Hovercraft/Drone Solution
Quick Deployment, launch All-Terrain

Near Continuous Operation 24/7
Surface and Aerial Visibility
Fast Moving Flood Water or on Land
Get Close to Victims on Ice and Mud
No Propellers to get Snagged by Debris
Treat Victims at the Site or Move Them
Identify, Track and Follow Victims
Med pack, Flotation, Communication

Respond & Engage from Surface or Air
All Terrain Ambulance Transport
All Terrain Disaster Relief Transport
Sonar, Listening & GPS Positioning
Real-Time Data Link to Control Center
Out Perform Helicopters at Less Cost

OPTION 1 Actionable Intelligence - Flood Disaster Preparedness

While platforms dictate the ability of the drone to access certain environments, its payload often determines the type of data it can collect. Remote sensors like electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) cameras can help to establish situational awareness while communications relay payloads can be used to broadcast wireless frequencies wherever the drone travels.

Drones are wedded to software capabilities that can streamline access to and sharing of data. It is the data from drones that holds great potential, for example, when integrated into crowdsourced crisis maps and existing geographic information systems (GIS)

Drones have long been described as optimally suited to perform the 3-D missions, often described as dirty, dull, and dangerous. They can provide needed aerial data in areas considered too hazardous for people on the ground or for manned aircraft operation, such as sites with nuclear radiation contamination or in close proximity to wildfires. Drones can also deliver needed supplies and relay Wi-Fi and cellular phone service when communications are needed the most.

Additionally, drones and hovercraft can also be outfitted with various sensor options that include visual, thermal, LiDAR, hyperspectral and multispectral. Why are these important? In earthquakes and landslides, these sensors can be flown to conduct ground truthing surveys. The thermal sensor, for example, is perfectly suited for detecting the heat a human body emits, which helps locate survivors. Various sensors suites are efficient in obtaining data to create an exact 3D reconstruction of disaster zones, which when compared with historical data from satellites, offers new perspectives on the extent of damage, and terrain or field deviation that could help manage future disasters.

Disaster Actionable Intelligence

Intelligence Payloads

◊ Hyper Spectral (Color Definition)
◊ Lidar (Terrain Mapping)
◊ High Resolution Cameras
◊ Low Lite Cameras (Night Vision)

◊ Thermal Imaging Cameras
◊ Single Beam Echo Sounders
◊ Multi Beam Echo Sounders
◊ Listening Devices & Sonar
◊ Particle & Radiation Sensors
◊ Water Depth & Sediment Sensors

◊ Microorganisms & Chemical Sensors
◊ Non Lethal Deterrents and Weapons
◊ Real-Time Communication (GPS & AIS)
◊ Integrated Data & Control Center

Option 2 Drones - Flood Disaster Preparedness

Drones are becoming a more valuable tool in many humanitarian operations, where the unmanned aircraft can be quickly launched and used to collect data and images and help locate people who might be injured or trapped.

Aerial views are critically helpful in large-scale disaster zones. Drones, designed to be agile, fast and robust, empower response teams with a substantial upper hand without costing as much as manned flight operations. Because many are autonomously flown, drones can access hard-to-reach areas and perform data-gathering tasks that are otherwise unsafe or impossible for humans.

Drones or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are increasingly coming to the forefront of humanitarian technology innovation. While drones are not new to headlines, their application in disaster relief situations is still in the embryonic stage, with exciting developments coming thick and fast.

Drones enhance the effectiveness of responders. In addition to relieving disaster responders from some of their most dangerous duties, drones can perform dull and dirty tasks to allow responders to focus on more important matters. For example, by providing situational awareness to disaster relief workers after Hurricane Katrina, drone technology allowed responders to focus on the tasks that needed attention immediately.

Drone technology is cost-efficient. While a robust drone system can require significant upfront capital cost, drones are still often cheaper than manned aircraft to purchase and operate.

Drone Highlights

◊ Carbon Fiber Frame
◊ Extended Flight Times
◊ Central Gravity 100%
◊ Lightweight & Easy to Travel

◊ Folds Down to 30%
◊ Designed By Drone Pilots
◊ Drone Payload Capacity up to 60kg
◊ Modular Rotor Configuration
◊ Unparalleled Configuration
◊ No Extra Assembly Time

◊ Can be Tethered to Hovercraft
◊ Long Term Surveillance to Tactical
◊ Designed and Built in the US.
◊ Compatible with HoverHomeTM

OPTION 3 Hovercraft - FLOOD DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

Hov Pod Hovercraft extremely useful on or near wet lands, wet sand or mud, shallow water, flooded rivers, puddles, swamps, many areas that can't be reached with other vehicles. In a flood the average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water, and roads covered by water are prone to collapse. Attempting to drive through water also may stall your engine, with the potential to cause irreparable damage if you try to restart the engine. 

If blood is being carried on the back of motorcycle, shaking caused by the bike and its vibrations can ruin the sample, these are tasks that hovercraft can perform,

As debris and rubble piled up on the streets most of the roads were blocked, denying access to outlying areas. In situations like this where normal road access is off the table, government agencies are forced to deploy hovercraft to continue immediate search and rescue, and later on, relief efforts. Search & rescue operations from the air are expensive, and as we’ve seen in the past, these operations can stretch for months, even years. In countries where resources are already scarce, this option is not viable.

Hov Pod Rescue Hovercraft – Hov Pod are very useful for flood, mud and ice rescues where it is impossible to use a boat. Boats are pretty useless on ice and mud. During floods, boat propellers get snagged up on street furniture, wire fences and plastic bags floating in the water, Hov Pod have no propellers. Hov Pod Rescue Hovercraft are also good on fast running water that would sweep a boat away.

During emergencies, rescue operations need to be fast to respond to various situations. In mud, quicksand, floods, ice or mixed terrain, conventional vehicles have serious limitations, and to overcome access issues then need auxiliary equipment such as flotation platforms to reach victims from mud and ice.

Hovercraft Highlights

◊ All-Terrain/Amphibious
◊ Carries Passengers or Cargo
◊ Quick Deployment Land or Water
◊ Continuous & Long-term Surface View

◊ Commercial Grade Small and Medium Duty
◊ Carbon Fiber/Kevlar or HDPE - 5 Year Warranty
◊ Proprietary Anti Rip Skirt System
◊ Wide Footprint - Maximum Buoyancy
◊ Proven in Harsh Conditions
◊ Can be Retrofitted with Stretcher

◊ Utilize Payloads, GPS, Cameras, Sonar
◊ Tethered to a Drone for Surface to Air Visibility
◊ Hov Pod World Leading Brand
◊ Autonomous Capable

Option 4 Tethered Drones - Flood Disaster Preparedness

Certainly, the wide variety of unmanned systems—including specialized combinations of air, ground, and amphibious vehicles—open up an expansive set of mission capabilities. To truly gain an appreciation for the ability of hovercraft and drones to improve disaster relief operations, it is necessary to examine use cases on a granular level at all four disaster stages (Prevention, Preparation, Response, Recovery). Accordingly. However, as drones are increasingly integrated into disaster response operations, new uses for these platforms will be discovered, further advancing their safety and effectiveness in disaster response and relief. 

Tethered drones are one of the most promising and powerful new technologies to improve disaster response and relief operations. Drones naturally complement traditional manned relief operations by helping to ensure that operations can be conducted safer, faster, and more efficiently.

Drone tethered to hovercraft technology is highly deployable. Drones and hovercraft, can be launched in a variety of environments without the need for a runway

The variation in drone and hovercraft capability and design allows rescue applications to be broad and flexible and also enables tethered drones to accomplish unique and specific missions for emergency and disaster response and for loss prevention and mitigation.

Innovators want to use tethered drones to deliver vital emergency supplies to areas with no road access, as well as to operate in disaster areas where access for rescuers is fraught with danger. Recent tests have yielded encouraging results and are also demonstrating the versatility of the hovercraft/drone as a platform for other technologies.

Tethered Drone Highlights

◊ Critical Asset for Security Operations.
◊ Continuous & Long-term Global Aerial View
◊ Risk-Free Efficient Surveillance Night & Day
◊ Not Defined as Unmanned Aircraft
◊ Major Cost Advantage over Helicopters

◊ Major Cost Advantage Manned Aircraft
◊ Can Be Deployed to Monitor a Large Area.
◊ Compact, Lightweight and Quick To Deploy
◊ Makes Little Noise from a High Position
◊ Ensures Discreet Surveillance

◊ No Need for Trained Pilots to Operate
◊ Follows Hovercraft Wherever It Goes
◊ Disaster Areas, Floods and Storms
◊ Swamps, Ice, Mud, Wetlands, Desert
◊ Autonomous Capable

Option 5 HoverHome - Flood Disaster Preparedness

Drones have distance, flight time and operational limitations due to battery life, maximum remote control range and line of sight restrictions. If the home station is in a static location, operators must ensure that drones stay within remote control range or line of sight and that each drone has sufficient power to get home safely.

Autonomous all-terrain mobile surveillance, security, border patrol or search and rescue operations?

Mobile Drone Station - HoverHome is a mobile all terrain automated battery swap station, that not only allows for operation in remote areas but when a drones battery gets low, our robotic station can land the drone, swap the battery with a freshly charged one, and relaunch the drone to resume its mission. All with or without a pilot or crew on-board.

HoverHome - Mobile Drone Station is expanding the capabilities of commercial drones, by allowing for launching and landing on water, amphibious or hard to reach terrain. Enabling near-continuous flights with minimal down time, this mobile automated battery swap station also ensures data is collected when and where it is needed in a data-driven world.

Mobile Drone Station

HoverHome Highlights

◊ Up to 12 Batteries Recharged
◊ Robotic Battery Swap
◊ All-Terrain Mobile Coverage
◊ Disaster Areas, Floods and Storms

◊ Swamps, Ice, Mud, Wetlands, Desert
◊ Increased Flight Distances
◊ Enables Near-Continuous Flights
◊ Battery Health & Monitoring
◊ Mobile App Data Collected Real-Time
◊ Data Link Upload to Cloud

◊ Military Grade Container
◊ Web API Integration
◊ Launch on Land or Amphibiously
◊ Autonomous Capable

OPTION 6 Mobile Rescue Solution - FLOOD DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

Bystander initiated first aid can save lives while the professionals are en route.

That’s why we are Official Distributors for first the Mobile Rescue Solution: an interactive first aid system that includes the knowledge and equipment untrained bystanders need to lend a hand during unexpected medical emergencies.

The interactive app runs an assessment-based algorithm to locate the most serious problems first. The app directs the bystander to find the proper equipment and then provides step-by-step instructions on how to manage the medical emergency.

Modern emergency medical supplies to manage severe bleeding, allergic reactions, cardiac arrest & more.

Created by paramedics, emergency physicians, emergency response educators, military veterans, and software developers who are empowering bystanders to save lives. Qualifies as an ANSI Class A kit

Mobile Rescue Highlights

◊ Bystander Initiated First Aid
◊ First Interactive First Aid System
◊ Apply First Aid before the Professionals Arrive
◊ Apply First Aid & Transport for Treatment

◊ Interactive App Runs an Assessment
◊ Algorithm Locates Most Serious Problems
◊ Prioritizes the Most Serious Conditions
◊ Directs Bystander to Proper Equipment
◊ Medical Equipment Labeled & Color Coded

◊ Provides Step-By-Step Instructions
◊ Directions Managing Medical Emergency
◊ Manage 80+ Injuries & Illnesses
◊ Qualifies as a ANSI Class A kit

Option 7 Water Filtration- Flood Disaster Preparedness

DIVVY® can be configured to provide up to 6,000 gallons of water per day; a per person equivalent of 3 gallons per day for 2,000 people. Whether propositioned as a component of emergency planning or deployed to provide relief and recovery following disaster, DIVVY® can meet the drinking water demands of any large group. Talk to an Hov Pod water expert for help calculating the emergency water needs of any population center.

The DIVVY Emergency Water System is designed for use in low resource situations when access to power, fuel and technical expertise is compromised. Fully operational and able to dispense safe drinking water within 90 minutes of set up—the DIVVY is an indispensable resource for both community preparedness and disaster response.

Water Filtration Highlights

◊ Can Be Carried By 1-2 People
◊ Single Person Operation
◊ Easy To Use Hand Pump
◊ 30 Min Fill Time, 60 Min Treatment Time

◊ Works with Any Freshwater Source
◊ Requires No Power
◊ Kills Bacteria and Virus
◊ Removes Particulate, Protozoa, and Cysts
◊ Improves Taste and Odor
◊ Easy To Clean and Reuse

◊ Up to 6000 Gallons a Day
◊ Minutes from Setup to Dispensing
◊ Provide 6,000 Gallons per Day
◊ Dispenses 4 Gallons per Minute

Option 8 Communications - Flood Disaster Preparedness

Intelligent Disaster Preparedness System (iDPS) is designed to prevent severe impact from natural disasters and to organize the relief operation when a disaster occurs. It has a dual function of relief operations and training. The system integrates historical climate data, real-time monitoring, disaster simulations, hovercraft, drones and mission planning. The system applies computer intelligence to resource allocation to speed up and optimize disaster response.

This scalable cloud based integrated communication system utilizes satellite phone and mobile broadband technology with redundancy. Emergency call are directed to the operations center, where reports are received and confirmed and assigned as missions. Assignments are passed to disaster relief units and units execute missions.

iDPS System Highlights

◊ Triple Equipment Redundancy
◊ Satellite & Mobile Broadband Communications
◊ Hovercraft and Drone Mission Planning
◊ Hovercraft directional Travel Planning
◊ Drone Flight Path Planning
◊ Real-Time Video communications
◊ Disaster Emergency Call Input

◊ Receive Situation Reports from Relief Unit
◊ Confirm Disaster and Marquee Warning Areas
◊ Assign Missions to Different Departments
◊ Assign Missions Based on Artificial Intelligence
◊ Display Disaster Mission Status
◊ Generate Disaster Relief Reports
◊ Perform Forest Fire Potential Analysis

◊ Track Mission Status
◊ Track Disaster Status
◊ Integrate Disaster and Resources in GIS
◊ Receive Assigned Mission in the Field
◊ Update Assigned Mission Status from the field
◊ Send Video Images from the Field Real-Time
◊ Request Support from the Field Real-Time

Flood disaster preparedness

Federal Flood Disaster Preparedness Order

Per Executive Order (EO) 13653, the impacts of climate change -- including an increase in prolonged periods of extreme temperatures, heavy downpours, an increase in wildfires, severe droughts, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise -- are already affecting communities, economies, and public health across the nation. These impacts are often most significant for communities that already face economic or health-related challenges.  

Managing these risks requires preparation, close cooperation, and coordinated planning by the Federal Government, as well as by stakeholders, to facilitate federal, state, local, tribal, private-sector, and nonprofit-sector efforts to improve climate change preparedness and resilience.  These activities are designed to help safeguard our economy, infrastructure, environment, and natural resources, and provide for the continuity of executive department and agency operations, services, and programs.  The Department of Labor is actively engaged in the coordinated federal efforts to enhance climate change preparedness and resilience.  Don't settle for a hovercraft, own a Hov Pod.