Earlier this year, Google’s announced a new Public Alert layer of functionality to Google Maps developed by the company’s Crisis Response Team. I bet those folks love their job! The application integrates information from various agencies to provide severe weather, earthquake, and flood warning for the area in which you are searching. When I checked it out earlier today, it showed warnings of high wind in the northwest, a winter storm warning in Central California and it also provided information on the 6.3 earthquake that occurred in Japan several hours before.
Google has not impressed me with some of their recent policy changes, yet I want to give them kudos for this one. This is one more way to help authorities get the critical information out to people in an efficient manner when every minute counts.
What do you think of Google’s efforts? Will you use it?