Property Drone Consortium and Marion County, Kansas, Emergency Management Announce Public Private Partnership on use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Emergency Response

(Bothell, Wash., August 31, 2016) – The Property Drone Consortium (PDC), a collaboration that consists of insurance carriers, roofing industry leaders and supporting enterprises and Marion County, Kansas, Emergency Management are pleased to announce a public-private partnership. The Property Drone Consortium will provide Marion County with an appropriate UAS, sensor, and 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,” said 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 recognizes the potential of UAS in supporting critical government activities in emergency management planning and response. “We anticipate a wide variety of UAS applications to assist us with planning and preparing for, as well as responding to and assisting our constituents with post-disaster relief,” said Randy Frank, Director, Marion County Emergency Management. “Use cases include assessing the severity and damage from both natural catastrophes such as floods, tornados, and earthquakes; and manmade ones such as forest fires, or hazardous material spills.”

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About Property Drone Consortium

The Property Drone Consortium represents a collaboration among insurance carriers, construction industry leaders and supporting enterprises who have agreed to work together to promote research, development and the assessment of regulations for the use of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) technology across the insurance and construction industries. www.propertydrone.org

About Marion County Emergency Management

The mission of Marion County Emergency Management is to provide for the protection of life and property by helping its citizens to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and prevent or reduce the effects of a disaster – whether it is natural or manmade. A major function of the Emergency Management Agency is to support the responder agencies in safeguarding Marion County during periods of disaster. The assistance given by Emergency Management falls to four main categories, namely: Mitigation, Preparation, Response, and Recovery.