Disaster Response Drone Training | DARTdrones: The National Drone Pilot School

Learn to assist with your drone during a disaster.

Learn how to be of assistance with your sUAS in a disaster or emergency while ensuring compliance with federal, state and local restrictions. This multi-section online course teaches you what you need to know to properly deploy your sUAS in the aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster.

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Disaster Response Drone Training course built by

  • Amelia Owre, Fire Scout UAS Curriculum Developer, Navy Helicopter Pilot
  • Chris Grazioso, FEMA Search and Rescue Team
  • Roger Hall, Retired Firefighter

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A disaster zone can be chaotic, and oftentimes lives are at stake. You want to make sure that your ‘assistance’ is actually helping, rather than causing a distraction that pulls first responders away from their primary mission. Drones can be a huge asset in a disaster response, but they need to be deployed knowledgeably, legally, and in cooperation with public safety assets.

Many drone operators want to help, but have never assisted during a disaster before and don’t know what to expect.

Our course outlines the challenges of a disaster zone, how to prepare, and ways to help.

Drone operators become more of a burden than a help if they don’t understand how EMS teams respond in emergencies.

Our course explains the Incident Command structure of different disasters.

Many disaster areas are not ideal for drone flights.

Our course teaches about equipment considerations for different types of emergency situations.

Typically, drone pilots won’t actually be allowed to fly near a disaster without specific permissions.

Our course explains how you can get clearance to fly through collaboration.

Most drone pilots who help during a disaster work in conjunction with an organization or company.

Our course teaches you to make contacts, partnerships, and preparations prior to a disaster.

The real experience of assisting during a disaster may be more stressful than you’d imagine.

Our instructors outline their real life experiences at Hurricanes Matthew and Irma and as a member of FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue team.

5.0 student rating for our Disaster Response Drone Training curriculum!

Curriculum Developed By First Responders

    • Type and magnitude of a disaster
    • Emergency management efforts
    • Phases of the emergency response process
    • Roles of local, state, and federal governments
    • Process for disaster declaration
    • Structure of incident command system
    • Effective UAV utilization for each phase
    • Types of Disasters
    • Sudden Events and Expected Events
    • First Hours on Scene
    • UAS Pilot Response
    • Case Study: Hurricane Irma
    • A Helicopter's Perspective
    • Importance of Communication

    • Pre-Disaster Applications
    • Disaster Response Applications
    • Recovery Applications
    • Earthquakes
    • Fires
    • Floods
    • Manmade Disasters
    • Hurricanes
    • Weather Events
    • Assistance in Emergencies and Disasters
    • Training to Build Capabilities
    • Preparation plan
    • Real-World Disaster Response UAV Operations
    • Case Study: Mapping for Inspections Following Hurricane Irma
    • Case Study: Search and Rescue Operations During Hurricane Matthew
    • Lessons Learned and Key Takeaways
    • Advantages and Disadvantages of Multi-Rotor Aircraft
    • Advantages and Disadvantages of Fixed Wing Aircraft
    • Advantages and Disadvantages of Helicopters
    • Advantages and Disadvantages of Hybrid Aircraft
    • EO Sensors
    • FLIR Sensors
    • Chemical Detectors
    • Other Payloads
    • Volunteering to Build Skills
    • Building Relationships
    • Volunteering for County and State Agencies
    • Volunteering Internationally
    • Best Practices while Volunteering
    • Requirements for Contracting with FEMA
    • Finding Contracts Based on Emergency Management Phase
    • Other Organizations involved in Disaster Response Efforts
    • Importance of NIMS Training
    • Useful Waivers during Disaster Response
    • How to Work with Agencies, Organizations, and Corporations
    • Coordinating with Incident Command
    • Checking-In at an Incident
    • Incident Supervisor and Initial Briefing
    • Incident Command Post
    • Check-out and Demobilization
    • FAA TFR Memo after Hurricane Irma
    • FEMA's Remote PIC Position ICS Training Requirements
    • Data Requirements Impact on Flight Profiles and Altitude
    • Organization Data Privacy and Security Policies
    • Flight Profiles
    • FAA Weather Minimums
    • Weather Assessment
    • Sources of Weather Information
    • Site Assessment
    • Hazards and Conditions Unique to Emergency and Disaster Areas
    • Roles and Responsibilities of Crew Members
    • Crew Management
    • Stressors
    • Ways to Prevent Stress among Crew Members
    • How to Prepare for Disaster Response Missions
    • Understanding Weather
    • Manmade Hazards
    • Travel Preparations
    • Equipment and Backups
    • Communicating with Incident Command
    • Personal Health and Safety
    • UAV Pilot Safety Tips

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Meet our Disaster Response Drone Training developers

  • Amelia Owre

    Fire Scout UAS Curriculum Developer, Navy Helicopter Pilot

    Lead Curriculum Developer

  • Chris Grazioso

    FEMA Search and Rescue Team

    Webinar Host and Instructor

  • Roger Hall

    Retired Firefighter

    Webinar Host and Instructor

"One of the best online courses I've ever taken."

The course was outstanding ! Thank you very much. It was one of the best online courses I've ever taken.

Anthony Miller, CEOICU Thermal Industries

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Disaster Response Drone Training

What You Get

  • 5 Interactive Course Modules
  • 3 Webinars
  • Disaster Response Workbook
  • 6 - 8 Hours of Content

Why Learn Disaster Response with DARTdrones?

EMS Instructors

This course was built by public safety professionals that have responded to many different emergency situations.

Real Life Experience

This course is built around real world experience responding to Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma.

Be Prepared

Being able to effectively assist in an emergency is dependent on preparation ahead of time.

Access to Our Extensive Alumni Network

We have thousands of alumni across the country and train some of the largest organizations in the world. Join the ranks of the nation's leading drone pilots.

Availability for Advanced Classes

As the national leader in drone training, we have over 15 in-person and online classes. Once you complete this course, you might also be interested in our night operations, search and rescue, mapping, or inspections courses.

$50 Credit Towards any other DARTdrones Class

Receive a $50 credit towards any other DARTdrones class when you train with us.

As seen on ABC's "Shark Tank"

WHY DARTDRONES? We have a proven track record for training pilots in dozens of industries.

35Qualified Instructors

Our instructors have manned aviation experience flying airplanes and helicopters and have gained the highest drone piloting recognitions in the industry. Many own successful UAS businesses themselves.

30+Cities Nationwide

As featured on ABC's Shark Tank, we are the nation's leading drone training company with an extensive network of alumni and partners throughout the country.

150+Hours of Material

Created and refined by UAS training experts, including our Director of Training, who is a UAS Navy Curriculum Developer and former Navy helicopter pilot.

11K+Pilots Trained

With a community of over 50,000 drone enthusiasts across the US and internationally, DARTdrones is at the forefront of UAS technology.

Expert Instructors

Our students absolutely love our instructors! Our classes are engaging, fun, and extremely informative.

Advanced Training Courses

We don't just train our students on the basics. We have extensive advanced training courses to help our alumni succeed in mapping, inspections, disaster response, aerial photography, night operations, and search and rescue.

Industry Certified and Vetted Curriculum

DARTdrones has curriculum vetted and certified by AUVSI, the leading UAS industry association, to ensure professional quality.


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