In the wake of Hurricane Irene, Google introduced a new crisis information site called the Google Crisis Preparedness website yesterday. Google is always on the cusp of innovation, and the introduction of this new site will undoubtedly aid Americans in times of emergency and high alert.
Disasters such as the tornadoes in Joplin and Japan earthquake and subsequent tsunami have made clear the need for relief via the web and access to pertinent information regarding these natural disasters. Google says that tools such as Google Docs, Spreadsheets and being able to see visualized information on Google Maps and Google Earth will provide efficiency in times of crisis. Maybe we will be able to see real time video, too?
Google search data and the American Red Cross survey have proved that people turn to online resources for this information. In addition to Google’s Crisis Preparedness website, there is another resource website launching called “Get Tech Ready”, which is collaboration between the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross, the Ad Council and Google Crisis Response.
Will people really be able to access this information on the web during these high intensity crises as Google suggests?