Google Search Now Tracks Local Storms, Sends Public Alerts

Google has added a new feature to its search engine to help users track information about local storms. The internet company aims to improve the country’s crisis response steps so that residents stay safe and well-informed in the case of a natural calamity.

More information than ever

Google provided satellite imagery of regions affected by Hurricane Katrina after it took place. It also built databases enabling web users to ensure the safety of their friends and family. After Katrina hit the U.S., some residents using Google Search placed a request for a feature to connect with sources that could provide them with useful information on the storms.

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“More information won’t stop natural disasters from occurring, but it can go a long way to keeping people safe, and in some cases, could even save lives.” Google said in a blog post.

Google responded to those requests by launching several upgrades to its weather forecasts and Google Search’s Public Alerts for tracking major storms during the 2015 hurricane season. Now Google Search will show information about a certain hurricane or tornado, plus a map that pinpoints the exact location. First Post informs readers that the new feature will also show National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data such as the wind speed of the storm, predicted path, arrival time, etc.

Google wants users to stay safe and prepared

Google has also added information from read.gov and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This information includes details like the approximate intensity and arrival time of the hurricane or tornado. It also provides precise instructions to users on how to keep themselves prepared for the storm and how to stay safe. For example, Google will provide tips on how they can save themselves from being injured in case a major storm is approaching. TV Newsroom.org says it will cover issues related to hurricanes such as fast-moving water and flying debris.