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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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June is here. Cookouts, plans for summer vacations, high school and college graduations are all on our mind. But June also marks the beginning of the hurricane season—when meteorologists and weather-watchers start tallying up the year’s tropical storms and hurricanes, the most dramatic examples of how climate change is making our lives more risky.

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GOOD community, you are awesome. Since the devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma last week, over 300 of you have volunteered to help victims restore family photos damaged in the storm. In a disaster, after making sure the people around us are safe, photos are one of the first things many of us would grab as we leave our homes—though digital pictures might be common now, that just makes the older prints of our childhoods, and parents, and grandparents, that much more special.

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Incredible Photo: What "Lucky to Be Alive" Looks Like in New Zealand

Though several dozen of their countrymen were not as lucky, these two New Zealanders are unscathed in the wake of a giant earthquake.

As the death toll rises after Tuesday's 6.3-magnitude earthquake in New Zealand—65 are currently feared killed—these two men emerged from the PGG-Wrightson building in Christchurch. They're a bit the worse for wear, but they're alive, and they couldn't be happier.

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