Hurricane Isaac and Google Crisis Response
With Hurricane Isaac expected to make landfall in the Louisiana area Wednesday morning, the Gulf Coast community is already preparing for the anticipated wind, rain, and possible rising waters. Google Crisis Response is a new website from Google that provides access to important information in the event of emergencies. A global tool, Google Crisis Responses brings together information from participating organizations and existing data to provide up to the minute information and updates for those in need and those responding to crisis events. The Crisis Map combines data and provides a map view of areas that are in danger. All in all, Google Crisis Response is a site supported by ““staff engineers, product managers, and partnership professionals who are dedicated to working on efforts that focus on making critical information more accessible during natural disasters”. Look to Google Crisis Response as an online tool in the event of future emergencies.
- Isaac’s current location and projected path, courtesy of the NOAA-National Hurricane Center;
- Weather updates and data, including radar and cloud imagery from weather.com and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory;
- Evacuation information and routes;
- Shelter and recovery centers locations;
- Storm-related YouTube videos, including many curated by Storyful.