In a bid to make critical information more accessible around natural disasters, Google today announced public emergency alerts for ‘floods’ in India.
Users in India can now find ‘flood alerts’ along with ‘river level’ information for more than 170 areas in which the Central Water Commission (CWC) has active observation stations.
These alerts are now available on Google web search, Google Now cards in the Google app, Google Maps, and on the Google Public Alerts homepage, and can be accessed on desktop and mobile devices. The alerts will be created and shared using data provided by the CWC.
In 2015, Google introduced ‘cyclone alerts’ to show information about cyclone’s in India. Clicking on the alert help users find information with details about the hazard, including a map and expected timeline, as well as tips on how to stay safe.
Through Public Alerts, Google shares relevant weather updates, public safety and earthquake alerts to ensure that people have timely information required to make informed decisions in times of crisis.