The sooner we know when severe weather or other public safety matters might affect us, the sooner we can take appropriate action. That is the thinking behind a new partnership between Google and the U.S. Geological Survey, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Through Google Public Alerts, you can now receive emergency notifications and access the tools you need to protect yourself and your loved ones. The system incorporates data from the U.S. Geological Survey, as well as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service, ensuring that you will have the most up-to-date information on any impending weather emergencies.
Using the tool, you can determine where and when an event will strike and how severe it will be. Google will provide safety tips, maps and links to websites with useful information.
"From having been on the front line of several crises, I know personally that the Internet can get populated with misinformation that confuses the public and can interfere with response efforts," said USGS director Marcia McNutt, in a press release. “I am very grateful for this partnership with Google to point people to authoritative sources of critical information when they need it most.”