Google launching crisis tools to help the Philippines post-Typhoon Haiyan

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (2 years, 11 months ago)

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan Google has launched a number of “crisis tools” to help gather and spread as much relative information as possible amidst the destruction caused. One of the tools provided is the Google Person Finder, a web app for individuals to either search for someone, or leave information. “As the numbers of names and records build, the tool will hopefully make it easier for those who are safe to pass on their news to anyone worried about them,” says Google in its Asia Pacific blog.

Google also offers the Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Relief Map, which is a continually updated crowdsourced map showing any particular areas of calamity, as well as locations of evacuation centers, shelters, hospitals and other information.

Haiyan, also known as Yolanda, is one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded and has led to an estimated loss of 10,000 lives. You can access Google’s Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Crisis Page by clicking here.

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