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:
- Location tracking, including the hurricane’s current and forecasted paths, courtesy of the NOAA-National Hurricane Center
- Public alerts, including evacuation notices, storm warnings, and more, via weather.govand earthquake.usgs.gov
- Radar and cloud imagery from weather.com and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
- Evacuation information and routes
- Shelters and recovery centers will appear as they become operational
- Storm footage and storm-related YouTube videos, curated by Storyful
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.