Once we have located safe routes, a TI can help us with rescue efforts at all levels. We can identify collapsed structures or structures that are unstable; structural cracks that are forming; and buildings that are smoldering or on fire. When smoke is present during a disaster, there is usually confusion. A TI is able to see through the smoke and help us locate victims.
Other TI uses for identifying victims in a disaster include locating people who are in trees or on rooftops and victims that are trapped or buried in rubble. A TI also helps us plan and navigate through dangerous territory avoiding cables and shards of sharp glass or metal that could injure us. In some extreme cases we may only have the ability to navigate to certain areas by watercraft because of flooding. In dangerous weather conditions, navigating a boat can be very difficult. By placing a TI in the front of the boat and using its powerful eyes, we can navigate safely even in fog or heavy rains.
I encourage you to consider the use of thermal imaging in your prep plans for these types of disasters.