Heck of a job, Barry


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FEMA grounds private drones assisting in Colorado relief efforts, threatens operators with arrest.

On Saturday, FEMA grounded Colorado company Falcon UAV — a drone manufacturer that had been helping local authorities map the disaster area in near-real time — and threatened to arrest anyone flying a drone over the disaster area, IEEE Spectrum reports.

Falcon UAV had been volunteering its services with the Boulder County Emergency Operations Center’s (EOC) relief efforts for several days prior; the company’s drone, called the Falcon, uses GPS and cameras to create detailed maps of the ground it flies over.

The company said in a blog post that when they were heading up to Lyons, Colo. early Saturday morning to conduct damage assessment they were notified by the Boulder EOC that FEMA had taken over the relief operations, denied Falcon UAV’s request to fly a drone, and said “that anyone flying drones would be arrested.”

Falcon UAV also noted that while Civil Air Patrol and private aircraft were authorized to fly over the damaged town, the mountainous landscape made it difficult to see and help provide visual support for the recovery efforts.

“Meanwhile we were grounded on the Lyons high school football field with two Falcons that could have mapped the entire town in less than 30 minutes with another few hours to process the data providing a near real time map of the entire town,” said Falcon UAV.

Somewhere a federal bureaucrat is sleeping soundly tonight.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/16/fema-threatens-to-arrest-volunteer-drone-operators-during-colo-flood-relief/#ixzz2f62lMTIG


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4 responses to “Heck of a job, Barry

  1. “We’re from the government, and we’re here to be important… er, help, I really meant help!”

  2. Anonymous

    Remniscent of Hurricane Sandy, when the FEMA relief office was closed due to weather.

    Typical government. Moronic, intrusive, authoritarian, unhelpful, out of touch.

  3. Anonymous

    Move aside, we’re from FEMA and we’re here to threaten and arrest the people who are actually doing something useful in this disaster like saving lives. The sad thing is we Americans put up with this butt crack of an agency whose only purpose is to suck taxpayer money into its black hole.