Brooks, a resident of Paradise, California, had a personal connection to the town and immediately embraced drone technology to determine how and what went wrong. “The fire displaced over 40,000 residents, which was almost 20% of our community,” said Brooks. “It was important that, in the future, we were all prepared and understood how quickly this moved.”
Still, the rebuild faced many challenges: building costs were 40-50% higher due to disaster economics, modern codes, skilled trade and professional service deficits, and labor shortages. There was also a lack of build-ready sites, challenges with insurance availability, and, of course, the emotional and socioeconomic impacts of the disaster itself.