Google Adds ‘Public Alerts’ On Google Maps – A Platform That Provides Emergency Alerts

Posted on Jan 26 2012 - 11:27am by Editorial Staff

Google, through its blog post, announced a new service known as Google Public Alerts, a platform designed to bring relevant emergency alerts when and where you’re searching for them.

The Google Crisis Response team works on providing critical emergency information during crises with the goal to surface emergency information through the online tools you use daily, when that information is relevant and useful. 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 you search on Google Maps.

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? – Everything will be with you before actually what is about to happen or take place. Google also hopes to make “relevant alerts visible on other Google products in the future.” Will we be seeing Google Search, plus Your Disasters coming soon?

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