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October 31, 2012

Sandy Google Crisis Response Map

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on October 31, 2012

A new Google Crisis Response Map has been posted for Sandy here: http://google.org/crisismap/2012-sandy

According to Google:

On the map, you’ll find the following emergency preparedness information:

There is also a New York City specific map:

We’ve also launched a map specific to New York City, featuring evacuation zone information from NYC Open Data, open shelters, weather information and live webcams.

A big hat tip to Eric Holdeman of the Disaster Zone blog for bringing this to my attention and providing a bit of extrapolation:

What you might not know is that there is only a small team of Google employees dedicated to having a system in place for a disaster response like what they did/are doing for Hurricane Sandy.  The rest of the work is being “crowd sourced” from the field and from their fellow Google employees who donate time to work on the response adding their skills to the mix.

This is the future of work and disaster response.  Teams of individuals coming together for a common cause and combining their individual talents to produce a meaningful product that is not directed by government or a higher echelon of business management.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

November 1, 2012 @ 2:54 am

This type of information can be of critical help in response and recovery and helps to support other decision making by those involved. GIS type decision support systems are becoming more and more important in disaster response. The

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