Hosted and led by Dr. Robin Murphy

A Pioneer in the field of disaster robotics

About the Disaster Response Training

Course Description: Participants will learn to fly for disasters and relevant regulations through 1.5 days of hands-on instruction and 2 days of flying for 3 scenarios (flooding, active shooter, tornado) during the highly realistic Interop ‘22 exercise with Texas emergency management agencies, Texas National Guard, and other groups at Disaster City® and surrounding facilities. Pilots will work in teams to experience flight missions just as they would in support of a real disaster. The training will also include the important, but often overlooked, aspects of data management and the expectations of emergency managers.

The training is provided by the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue, the world leader in deploying drones for disaster response since 2005.

The Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue is an official partner of Women and Drones.

Event Coordinator: Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue and the Public Safety Interoperability Institute (Interop ’22)

Date: Sign-up to be notified of the 2023 workshop dates

Location: College Station, TX

Early Bird Price: TBD

Regular Price: TBD

Note: Price does not include travel, lodging, meals nor transportation expense. Lunch is included.


  • Pilots will be paired in teams of 2 – 3 to fly missions
  • Pilots with particular payloads, like IR , will be tasked accordingly
  • Everyone will go through the basics. During the exercises the scenarios will evolve like it happens during a real event where squads get assigned tasks based on platforms and experience.
  • Pilots will have an opportunity to fly a Verizon 4G drone and SenseFly ebee X fixed wing

Participant/Pilot Requirements:

  • Must have a current Part 107 & must provide copy of RPIC Certificate
  • Participants must be fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC
  • Minimum of 10 hours of flight experience
  • Must participate in all 4 days of the workshop
  • Pilots must bring their own drone
  • Pilots are required to have drone liability insurance covering all four days of the workshop
  • If possible, bring a laptop as there’s lots of data management
  • Must wear long pants, long sleeves and closed toe shoes (as per Disaster City safety requirements), plus a hat with bill.

Drone and Accessory Requirements

  • Rotary and fixed-wing drones are permitted
  • Drone must be capable of mapping (note this excludes DJI mini)
  • DJI drones are permitted for the workshop
  • Must bring at least 4 SD cards
  • Mapping software will be provided if pilot does not have mapping software
  • Bring extra batteries and chargers – assume flying for 8 hours
  • Must submit:
    • FAA registry card showing registry number and drone serial number
    • Photo of drone showing registration number on drone
    • Proof of drone liability insurance

2022 Workshop Schedule

  • Monday, May 2: Arrival day
    • 6:00 pm: Welcome social (optional)
  • Tuesday May 3 
    • 8:00 am-5:00 pm: Advanced flight skills for flooding, active shooter, tornados and general practice sessions
  • Wednesday, May 4
    • 8:00 am-11:00 am: Regulations, UAS coordination, and data management training
    • Noon to 5:00 pm: Flying in exercise, hot wash (Lunch included)
  • Thursday, May 5
    • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm: Flying in exercise, hot wash (Lunch included)
  • Friday, May 6 
    • 8:00 am – noon: Flying in exercise (Lunch included)