The powerful mapping technology so widely available is something of a field of dreams. Build it, and individuals and organizations will come. One mapping technology, Google Earth, has been used to show the extent of ocean pollution, create the world’s most comprehensive seafloor map, help save endangered languages, and even reunite a mother and son.
This summer it is tracking the wildfires blackening hundreds of thousands of acres across the American West. The map is part of the Google Crisis Response platform, which provides tools for collecting and sharing emergency information.
On the wildfire map, users can choose filters that show public alerts and locate shelters for humans and animals. They can zoom in on active fire perimeters and find information on specific fires. They can check the fire weather outlook and check evacuations area and fire vicinity.
Emergency responders can create public alerts, help locate missing people, create custom maps, share data, and collaborate with volunteers, co-workers and partner organizations.
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