INFORMATION Hurricane Katrina was the costliest hurricane, as well as one of the five deadliest, in the history of the Unites States.Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005 and crossed southern Florida as a moderate Category 1 hurricane, causing some deaths and flooding there before strengthening rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico.
The most severe loss of life and property damage occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana, which flooded as the levee system catastrophically failed, in many cases hours after the storm had moved inland. Eventually 80% of the city became flooded and also large tracts of neighboring parishes, and the floodwaters lingered for weeks.
In Hurricane Katrina, 1836 people dead and 705 were missedThe damages cost $90.9 billion. The affected àreas were Bahamas, South Florida, Cuba, Louisiana (especially Greater New Orleans), Mississippi, Alabama, Florida Panhandle, most of eastern North America. Hurricane Katrina formed as Tropical Depression Twelve over the southeastern Bahamas on August 23, 2005 as the result of an interaction of a tropical wave.
RESCUE ROBOTS Only two days after the Hurricane Katrina effects the Golf coast, aerial vehicles from an American university, starts the rescue actions. That robots, were very important in the rescue actions.
Walking thru the streets of disaster areas such as New Orleans once the floodwaters are cleared out will be problematic. There will be glass, debris and disease to deal with and that means it is going to be quite dangerous for humans and FEMA Responders. Many robotics researchers are moving fast in designing robots, which can easily handle these tasks. If we send humans into the death zone filled with mosquitoes, disease and dangerous materials, not to mention broken gas lines or falling down buildings we find we have additional injuries and possible deaths.
Autonomous foraging robots now exist and each year they become more technologically advanced. We now have robotic units, which can go into a building, which has been damaged by and Earthquake or a bomb to look for trapped people and seek to find items, while video tapping the trip in real time. These types of robots have been getting progressively smarter and better equipped over the last decade or so; better movement, better sensors, better swarming and more and more attributes based on Artificial Intelligence programming.
Imagine after we get the folks out of New Orleans and drain the city, we send in the robots first, let us know what is going on. They can collect, tag and bag the dead bodies, while sterilizing the area to make it safe for us humans. They can help us overcome our environment and perhaps our stupidity as well. Think on that for a moment?