Google Rolls Out Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief Center
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda), which hit the Philippine islands with record-breaking winds and left a trail of destruction, search giant Google is doing what it can to respond.
Google has created a resources page for those affected by the typhoon, as well as for those who wish to help.
Time is of the essence in providing assistance, as can be easily seen from news reports that possibly up to 10,000 were killed by the storm, and there are new concerns regarding sanitary conditions, as well as lack of food, water and basic shelter for survivors. Another tropical depression is on its way to the area, threatening more damage and flooding.
Google's resource page has links to follow so that aid stations can begin the process of registering those that are separated from their families, as well as family members looking for loved ones. Google's missing persons database and other crisis-related resources have proven helpful in the past, bringing together loved ones following the Fukushima quake in Japan, as well as helping to map the effects of the devastating ChristChurch, New Zealand quake.
While those affected likely will have no electricity (and therefore no Internet access) for weeks or months to come, aid organizations can and will bring in portable access to support integrated relief efforts, and can make use of the resources provided by Google and many others.
Along with its people finder, the Google resource site has links to the American Red Cross, UNICEF and the World Food Program, ready to take your much needed donation. An embedded, crowd-sourced relief map is provided of the area, with a legend on it to locate evacuation centers, hospitals, command centers and the police. Worst hit areas are designated in red, and are updated real-time as aid workers are reaching them.