US: Google has released a new crisis response map to track Hurricane Sandy’s progress. The map shows vital information such as location tracking, public alerts, radar and cloud imagery, evacuation information, shelters and recovery centres and storm footages via YouTube. Google has even released a specific map for New York that features information from NYC Open Data , open shelters, weather information and live webcams.
Additionally, Google has launched a new service called Public Alerts which is available on Google Search & Maps, on Google Maps for Android and also on Google Now for Android devices running Jellybean. Google says the new service will provide warnings for natural disasters and emergency situations. “If you are searching for superstorm Sandy, you’ll see content at the top of the Search page specific to this crisis. For other searches, you’ll see public alerts where and when they are live,” said Nigel Snoad, Product Manager of the Google Crisis Response Team.
The Public Alerts system provides warnings for natural disasters and emergency situations based on targeted Google searches and location-specific enquiries.