FAA: Stop Flying Drones Near Harvey Damage

The administration wants residents near storm areas to keep their drones grounded.

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The FAA is asking drone operators to keep their unmanned aircraft away from areas damaged by Hurricane Harvey.Texas Military Department

People were warned not to fly their aerial photography platforms leading up to Hurricane Harvey. The FAA knew that onlookers by drone would be a hazardous problem for the incoming hurricane and post hurricane relief efforts.

The FAA’s official statement:

“The FAA warns unauthorized drone operators that they may be subject to significant fines if they interfere with emergency response operations. Flying a drone without authorization in or near the disaster area may violate federal, state, or local laws and ordinances, even if a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is not in place. Allow first responders to save lives and property without interference.”