Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Google Maps gets public alerts for emergencies

updated 12:05 pm EST, Wed January 25, 2012

Google Public Alerts goes live for emergencies

Google has just launched its Public Alerts platform for Google Maps that will allow users to get updates on emergencies in their area. These could include weather disasters, earthquakes and more. Created by the Google Crisis Response team, users can search by simple terms such as "flood in Indiana," as in the example pictured below.

Google uses alerts from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service, and the US Geological Survey (USGS). It makes them accessible to users using the "more info" button. Alerts that are active in the search location are returned in the order of their severity and a user's search query.

Access is so far confined to the desktop. It's not apparent when mobile apps will get the update, although it's likely that only Android will get the notices if and when they do arrive.






By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Samsung Galaxy S 5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 might be the phone that Android users have been craving for some time. Information coming out of Mobile World Co ...

STM Trust technology bag

The search for a good messenger bag that doubles as a laptop bag is something many travelers find themselves facing at least once. Bet ...

PenClic Bluetooth mouse

Windows 8 aside, computer users have been trained that a mouse is the proper way to navigate through the desktop for many years now. T ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News