Tuesday's HOT MIC
Two words: insurance drones.
Insurance adjusters are bringing more drones with them than ever before as they head to Texas to assess the damage from Harvey.
Companies are using the drones on a much larger scale to record images, save time and spare human adjusters from venturing into potentially unsafe areas. Insurers have increased their fleets since the Federal Aviation Administration eased some restrictions a year ago, and tried them out in areas of the southeastern U.S. hit by Hurricane Matthew last October.
Travelers Insurance, based in Hartford, had 65 certified drone pilots as of Friday among the 600 employees deployed to the Houston area. Claims specialist Laura Shell, who will be in Texas this week, spent last week at the company's training center in Windsor, Connecticut, learning how to pilot drones.
"This is great," said Shell, 55, of Lexington, Virginia, whose job typically has involves climbing a lot of ladders. "It's going to allow me to get a look into areas that aren't easily accessible and onto roofs and do it quickly."
For those of us who have never been through anything like this it is impossible to understand the shock of the initial loss and devastation. Here is hoping that technology can expedite some of the painful recovery period for these people.