Under the Next-Generation First Responder Apex program, Laboratory researchers are developing technologies that can enable drones to provide emergency responders with the information needed to establish situational awareness at disaster sites.

Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Systems

We use our experience developing sensors and decision support software to build systems that are used around the world for coordinating responses to wildfires, aiding urban search-and-rescue missions, assessing damage after hurricanes and earthquakes, and planning for large-scale evacuations. We work closely with local, state, and federal agencies to develop these systems. Our goal is to enable responders to more effectively gain situational awareness, share information, and make decisions in times of crisis. We also prototype technologies, such as communication hubs and solar-powered resources, to aid disaster survivors and refugee populations. Many of our programs involve collaboration across Laboratory groups whose technologies can be applied to disaster and humanitarian missions. 

Featured Projects

During a wildfire in southern California, emergency responders shared real-time information on the NICS interface, such as the size of the fire, unit locations, and the rate of the fire’s spread.
Emergency agencies around the world are using NICS to coordinate rapid and organized response to disasters.