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Google launches crisis response effort for Typhoon Pablo (Bopha)

05 Dec

A crisis map through Google Maps and Person Finder are now available to help Pinoys in disaster-prone areas during typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha). Globe subscribers can also access the information using their mobile browsers through Free Zone powered by Google.

The map, also available in Filipino, http://google.org/crisismap/2012-pablo-fil, shows the typhoon strength or signal in different parts of the country. The map also shows:

  • The location of the eye of the typhoon
  • The estimated storm path
  • Shelter locations
  • Emergency hotlines
  • Other useful information that Filipinos can use in helping residents in disaster-prone areas.


Person Finder, also available in text version for mobile http://www.google.org/personfinder/2012-pablo?lang=fil&ui=jp-mobile, can help Filipinos provide and retrieve information on a missing person.

“Pinoys need information to stay safe, and the government and first responders are working on helping Filipinos in disaster-prone and disaster-stricken areas stay informed. Google is working with these individuals in creating the crisis response map and Person Finder page to reach more Filipinos in need. We’ve found Person Finder useful in past disasters where there has been a large number of people displaced and affected, and hope that it proves useful for those affected by Typhoon Pablo,” said Aileen Apolo, Head of Outreach, Southeast Asia at Google.

You can easily share and embed these maps on your website — just hit the “Share” button at the top of the map to get the HTML code. We’ll continue to update the maps as more information becomes available.

To embed person finder in your site: http://www.google.org/personfinder/2012-pablo/embed

For data on typhoons and other crises, go to http://www.google.org/crisisresponse

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Posted by on December 5, 2012 in Google, Technology

 

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