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Thursday, November 27, 2014

PAGASA's warning via Google Public Alerts

After its launch on November 12, 2014, Google Public Alerts released today the first storm warning signal issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) due to the occurrence of Tropical Depression “Queenie”.

Google Public Alerts is a platform for disseminating emergency messages and everyday alerts using Google’s strength in information and technology aiming to provide the public with information it needs to make informed decisions during critical events such as severe weather disturbances.

Google Public Alerts work by incorporating public alert data from authoritative sources into Google Search, Google Maps, and other Google platforms and simplifying the process of finding emergency information. Contents come from partner countries such as USA, Australia and Canada. Google is able to provide Public Alerts in the Philippines through the information provided by PAGASA.

The PAGASA Technical Team worked on the project for six months and it is the fastest collaboration of Google amongst the nine (9) partner countries.

“We  expect that with  the  next  typhoon  that  would  come  in the  country, the  PAGASA Crisis Team in partnership  with Google  Crisis Response Team , will be  issuing  the first  Public  Alert in the  Philippines”, said  Dr. Landrico Dalida, Jr., PAGASA’s OIC for Operations and Services, during the launch.


True enough, Tropical Depression Queenie is the first featured weather disturbance in Google Public Alerts in the Philippines.

The general public can view detailed information about the storm such as the location, strength, movement and impact, as well as recommended actions and precautionary measures.

By providing readily-available online data, Google Public Alerts actually complements the existing information released by PAGASA thru its website and other social media accounts.

For live view click here : http://www.google.org/publicalerts/

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