Google activates warnings and crisis map due to hurricane Patricia
Designed to offerrelevant and timely informationon emergencies notifications in the right time and place
Mexico City, October 23rd. - Google made available Public Alerts and the Crisis Map to users, institutions and organizations around the world, before the arrival of Hurricane Patricia, that has reached category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale and is expected to make landfall today on the coast of Jalisco and Colima.
The Public Alerts platform is designed to offer relevant and timely informationon emergencies notifications in the right time and place.
For example, in the face of hurricane Patricia, an alert will be shown on computers and mobile devices of the users when they look for information related to the phenomenon in the Google search engine or in Google Maps.
On iOS devices within the Google App, and on Android devices on Google Now it will show a card with information on warnings, besides evacuation instructions for people who are located in the affected areas (option available only for those users located in areas at risk.
Moreover, Google also made available the Crisis Map, which shows relevant information of hurricane Patricia and allows third parties to add layers of information, including the one on shelters and hospitals locations, evacuation route, flooded areas, power failures and much more.
The Public Alerts system is a powerful tool that allows people located in an emergency situation to access critical information during the development of a natural disaster, in order to make informed decisions to stay safe and protect their community.
With actions as such, Google said it endorsed as one of its priority objectives to put its platforms to the service of the people, in coordination with the information provided by authorities from each country, to the better management of catastrophes. (Notimex)
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