People looking for information on a natural disaster or other emergency anywhere in the world can now stay abreast of the latest details courtesy of Google Maps.
The new Public Alerts page, which Google is launching today, aims to keep you informed of emergency alerts for floods, tornadoes, winter storms, and other dangers that may be headed your way.
The idea is tell you what's happening, when and where the disaster may hit, how severe it will be, and what resources are around to help you, according to a Google blog post.
You can also go directly to the Public Alerts page to view of a list of current emergency warnings throughout the world. Each warning is displayed on the map as a hotspot, which you can hover over or click on to view more information.
Either way, clicking on a particular emergency reveals all the details as compiled by the Google Crisis Response team from various government resources. You'll find the latest news on the disaster or crisis along with recommendations on what you should do to protect yourself.
Since this is Google's first attempt at providing this type of emergency information, the company is asking users to respond with any suggestions by clicking on the "Provide feedback" link at the bottom of the Public Alerts page.