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Insurance Companies May Put Disaster-Scanning Drones on the Fast Track

The FAA recently approved requests to use the unmanned vehicles to expedite insurance claims after natural calamities.

The scope of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina

Search & rescue, relief, and insurance are usually the first groups on the scene after a large disaster hits. While drones may one day replace all three of these responders, insurance companies have recently raced ahead in applying the vehicles to disaster aid.

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HTI HydoPack: Clean Water for Disaster Relief The HydroPack Is Like a Capri Sun Pouch for Disaster Relief

For World Water Day: Meet the Capri Sun pouch you simply drop in a mud puddle or contaminated river to get clean, fortified water.


Today is World Water Day. This year's theme is "Water for Cities." Yes, you can still attend all manner of walks, photo contests, screenings, and other events supporting global access to clean water. We've highlighted some noble projects for delivering drinking water in the past, but today we bring you you news of a new technology designed especially for disasters.

The HTI HydroPack is like an empty Capri Sun pouch with powdered nutrients inside. But it's really a filter you can drop in any water source—a swimming pool, a mud puddle, a contaminated aquifer—and eight to twelve hours later the pack has filled itself with potable, fortified water.

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