Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Google adding Public Alerts to Maps

You know you love all those great tools that Google pushes out, and you'll most likely like this one. As part of its Crisis Response project, Google is now testing out Public Alerts. This new feature is accessible when using Google Maps, and is going to keep you in the know in times of need (...). When you enter a search query, it gets data from NOAA, the National Weather Service and the US Geological Survey. The data that will be provided is public alerts and earthquake alerts. The Crisis Response squad says its goal is "to surface emergency information through the online tools you use everyday". This is great. Sadly, this is only in the States for now, but I believe that it will eventually make its way to other countries.

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