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March 11, 2011

Googling Disaster – Google Crisis Response

Filed under: Catastrophes,Technology for HLS — by Arnold Bogis on March 11, 2011

Google operates a website, Google Crisis Response, that is designed to provided a wide range of news, information, and other helpful online tools in the wake of a disaster.  Among the services it provides:

  • Organizing emergency alerts, news updates and donation opportunities, and making this information visible through our web properties
  • Building engineering tools that enable better communication and collaboration among crisis responders and among victims such as Person Finder and Resource Finder
  • Providing updated satellite imagery and maps of affected areas to illustrate infrastructure damage and help relief organizations navigate disaster zones
  • Supporting the rebuilding of network infrastructure where it has been damaged to enable access to the Internet
  • Donating to charitable organizations that are providing direct relief on-the-ground

This strikes me not only as a powerful example of the potential impact of such an aggregator on disaster response and recovery, but it also could serve as a potential model of a sort for future collaboration across all facets of homeland security.

The page dedicated to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami can be found here:


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Comment by William R. Cumming

March 11, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

Thanks Arnold! An a possible core melt accident in Japan’s oldest nuclear power plant now underway?

Last I heard Japan was across the Pacific Ocean not just 700 miles offshore so let’s compare US efforts for Japan with those for Haiti over the next few weeks and months.

By the way in Haiti my understand is the death toll from the Cholera outbreak is now over 5000 and US helping prevent study of source of problem. Could it be racial antipathy?

Comment by john comiskey

March 12, 2011 @ 5:50 am

Incredible tool that will facilitate rescue and recovery from catastrophes. Some disinformation might impede either but will not outweigh the overall benefits.

HLS/EM arsenal emerging by the minute -lets put it to good use.

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