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Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation to provide drone for storm efforts

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The EOC coordinates all citywide efforts in storm preparation and response. The EOC coordinates all citywide efforts in storm preparation and response.

As the City of Corpus Christi works to coordinate all of its departments and emergency response agencies ahead of the weekend storms, they have included a new resource, that could help someone who may be stranded in flood waters.

It's a drone, and it's being provided by the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

"[It] will provide the first responders the unique capability to go into areas that they're unable to get to with other vehicles," said Jerry Hendrix, the executive director and chief engineer of LSUASC. "They also provide the unique ability to go into small areas, where that manned aviation may have difficulty."

The center most recently assisted efforts following the flooding over Memorial Day weekend in Wimberley, a mission that Hendrix says was "very successful."

The drone will be dispatched following the passing of the storm and can be used to assess damage as well as locate missing people.

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