Google Adds Resources For Those Affected By Superstorm
Google is now sending public alerts to users searching for terms related to Superstorm Sandy. The results will appear on Google Search and Google Maps in desktop browsers and on Google Maps for Android mobile devices, as well as on Google Now for Android devices running Jellybean.
Public Alerts provide warnings for natural disasters and emergency situations. They appear based on targeted Google searches, such as [Superstorm Sandy], or with location-based search queries like [New York]. In addition to the alert, you’ll also see relevant response information, such as evacuation routes, crisis maps or shelter locations.
For example, when someone in New York City searches Google for “Superstorm Sandy,” a block of emergency info will appear above the Google Search results and will include links to disaster preparedness tips, Google’s crisis response map, state-by-state responses, local evacuation zone information and more. (See image above.)
(<em>Catharine Smith, HuffPost</em>)