Sep 22, 2017

09/22/2017: Using drones in the aftermath of a natural disaster

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(U.S. Edition) Brexit talks are not going well. Part of the problem: the amount of money Britain will need to pay as part of this divorce settlement. We'll chat with the BBC's Theo Leggett about the tight rope U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May needs to walk. Then, we'll look at some of the innovative methods that groups are using to help out in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Harvey. In Texas, the USDA is rolling out Disaster SNAP (a version of food stamps geared toward natural disasters),  while the Red Cross is using drones to try to speed up the recovery process. 

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After Harvey, the Red Cross tries to speed up relief with drones

Sep 22, 2017
The Red Cross has been using drones in Texas to help steer relief efforts to those places that need them most.
A tethered drone hovers over a pasture near Hankamer, Texas, looking for damage from Harvey. 
Travis Bubenik/ for Marketplace

Texans start getting USDA disaster food aid

Sep 22, 2017
After disasters like Harvey, the USDA offers D-SNAP, a temporary version of the program commonly called food stamps. The program offers two months of benefits to people who may not have qualified for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program before. But given the long road to recovery, many who take disaster food stamps will wind up […]

(U.S. Edition) Brexit talks are not going well. Part of the problem: the amount of money Britain will need to pay as part of this divorce settlement. We’ll chat with the BBC’s Theo Leggett about the tight rope U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May needs to walk. Then, we’ll look at some of the innovative methods that groups are using to help out in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Harvey. In Texas, the USDA is rolling out Disaster SNAP (a version of food stamps geared toward natural disasters),  while the Red Cross is using drones to try to speed up the recovery process. 

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC