Natural Disaster Relief Services

When disaster strikes, time is of the essence.

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Natural Disaster Relief Services

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When disaster strikes, time is of the essence.


Natural Disaster Relief
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The Impact of Natural Disasters

We live in a time when natural disasters are becoming more and more common. Aside from the political drama of the validity of climate change theories, natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and wildfires will continue to occur. When they happen, you need quick and effective transportation to the affected area to evaluate conditions, search for and evacuate victims, deliver supplies and implement natural disaster relief plans. Helicopter disaster services serve an immediate purpose as a calming influence to those affected by the disaster as it shows survivors that help is imminent and order will soon be re-established. In addition to U.S. disaster service, FairLifts can assist in international disaster relief efforts, delivering much-needed resources to communities isolated by storm or earthquake damage.


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Helicopters for Natural Disaster Relief

Natural Disaster Relief Services

After a natural disaster, rescue personnel and first responders need to know the condition of the area to determine how to proceed safely to save victims and bring affected communities to normalcy again. A small to mid-sized helicopter can make a big difference immediately after a natural disaster when the electrical infrastructure of an area is down and debris blocks most vehicle routes. Small, lightweight helicopters like the MD-500 multi-use helicopter have excellent maneuverability and are often used for medical evacuations, search and rescue (SAR) and reconnaissance missions when speed and quickness are important. Pilots in these smaller helicopters can also survey damage and report road conditions to supervisors map the path of a tornado or hurricane so that rescuers can pinpoint rescue areas take part in search and rescue missions by traveling into densely forested areas.


Natural Disaster Relief Services

Mid-sized helicopters provide a range of natural disaster relief services that include transport of cargo and personnel, as well as search and rescue. The Bell UH-1F (aka the "Huey") and the CH-46 Sea Knight are two popular examples of mid-range helicopters used by first responders and military volunteers. The Sea Knight is commonly used to transport goods or cargo to amphibious vehicles. For natural disasters, it can be used for over-water search and rescue, MEDEVAC and transport of victims or personnel. It can carry up to 25 passengers and operate continuously over an eight hour period.
Finally, large cargo helicopters like the CH-47 Chinook can be used in a natural disaster to transport large groups of medical or search/rescue personnel into the site of a disaster; it can also be used to evacuate people from the scene and to haul large equipment like generators to an area to help restore power.

Get Eyes in the Sky after Natural Disasters

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Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of using the services of FairLifts is the unique vantage point that our pilots have after a large-scale natural disaster. From above the chaos, our helicopter service providers can observe the destruction of a storm and seek out victims that may be stranded on rooftops or in partially-collapsed buildings. They can also spot unstable structures that need to be razed or secured. FairLifts has a large selection of helicopter styles and sizes available to members of public and government agencies after a natural disaster.





The Benefits of Helicopters during a Natural Disaster

When a natural disaster strikes, time is of the essence. Hurricanes and other tropical storms often bring flooding and mudslides, while tornadoes and earthquakes leave debris and ruin in their wake. All disasters wreak havoc on the communities they hit and require the quick response of emergency services to minimize loss of life and property. Helicopters are often the best vehicle for the job. Different styles and sizes of helicopter serve different functions in an emergency, but they all have the same advantages when used after a natural disaster:

  • Universal Access

    After a destructive natural event, finding an unimpeded runway to land a plane would be almost impossible. Helicopters have the ability to land in a smaller area. They can also take off vertically, avoiding the need to travel across debris or flooded land.

  • Maneuverability

    This advantage is particularly accurate with the smaller helicopter styles, but in general, the helicopter has the ability to maneuver in tight areas, including densely wooded areas and rural valleys. Also important is the unique ability to hover in one location, which allows for more thorough surveying and search/rescue missions.

  • Easy Deployment

    Helicopter pilots can be on the way to a disaster location within an hour of the event, carrying search and rescue personnel, supplies, generators, food or medical equipment–whatever the site might need at the time.


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