College Station, TX
The College Station team implemented a program to train at-risk youth to use drones and marine vehicles to gather and analyze data for community pre-disaster mitigation efforts.
Each year floods, hurricanes, and wildfires in the US cost hundreds of lives and $125B in economic losses, with disproportionate impacts on people of color and low-income communities.
Low-cost ($1-12K) unmanned aerial systems (drones) and unmanned marine surface vehicles (robot boats), coupled with advances in artificial intelligence and geospatial software, could revolutionize how communities prepare, prevent, and minimize losses. However, Texas emergency managers currently lack the workforce and knowledge to investigate and implement these technologies in a meaningful way.
The team developed a program for at-risk youth from the Bryan, Houston and Galveston Independent School Districts to train with local emergency managers and leverage a broader disaster science research to use drones and marine vehicles to gather and process data for pre-disaster mitigation efforts.