Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »
Google Maps helpful with Hurricane Sandy relief
November 6th, 2012 by Susan Smith
Google released a “Superstorm Sandy” CrisisMap on Oct. 25 some days before Hurricane Sandy made landfall, complete with roadwork advisories, fuel inventory statuses, power outage information and more.
The tool was created by Google’s Crisis Response team, an organization that formed after Hurricane Katrina created devastation in the southern states in 2005. This group has also responded to past disasters, such as the U.S. wildfires in the summer of 2012 and the Japan tsunami in early 2011. It would seem obvious that Google Maps would be more effective during this current crisis than Apple Maps, since that product has only just been introduced.
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