New Google Maps Feature: Disaster Alert Pins With Google Public Alerts

By John P. Mello Jr.PCWorld    Jan 25, 2012 11:05 AM

Google Public Alerts home pageNew Google Public Alerts home pageA new feature for Google Maps, which launched Wednesday, allows you to quickly find emergency alerts in your town or around the world.

Called Google Public Alerts, the new feature draws on weather, public safety, and earthquake alerts from federal agencies to supplement Google Map searches.

Twister activity in Texas in Google AlertsTwister activity in Texas in Google AlertsFor example, if you search for “Texas tornado” in Google Maps, at the top of the search results beside the map is a link to an emergency alert from the National Weather Service concerning twister activity in the Lone Star State. Read more of this post