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Public alerts now available on Google Maps

US: Google launched a new Google Crisis Response project: Google Public Alerts (https://www.google.org/publicalerts), a platform designed to bring relevant emergency alerts to users when and where they are searching for them.
Through his blog, Steve Hakusa, Public Alerts Engineer at Google, explained, “If a major weather event is headed for your area, you might go online to search for the information you need: What’s happening? Where and when will it strike? How severe will it be? What resources are available to help?”
The Google Crisis Response team works on providing critical emergency information during crises. The team aims to surface emergency information through the online tools users use everyday, when that information is relevant and useful. With the launch of Public Alerts on Google Maps, relevant weather, public safety and earthquake alerts from US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service and the US Geological Survey (USGS) will be accessible when users search on Google Maps. For instance, at the time of this post, “Flood Indiana” triggers an alert for a Flood Warning in Northern Indiana.
If users click through to “more info” on a particular alert, they will find a page showing more details about the alert, with the full description from the alert publisher, in this case the National Weather Service, a link to their site and other useful information.
Source: Google