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Center Deploys Unmanned Aircraft in Jamaica

Our Center for Disaster Risk Policy (CDRP) undertook a project in Jamaica November 9-10, 2014, on the request of The Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas, Inc. (FAVACA) to provide aerial mapping assistance to several agricultural communities in the country’s rural areas. These farms and communities are building resiliency and capacity to better support their populations before and after a disaster. While the agricultural focus of the request was outside the center’s usual disaster focus, this deployment was an excellent opportunity to test new systems, procedures, and methods in aerial mapping – all capabilities that will be necessary after a disaster impact.

The Center’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) program will begin offering a course in the use of unmanned aircraft systems such as the type deployed in this project. For more info about the course, click here. For more on the Jamaica project, click here.