Google steps up crisis response during the onslaught of Typhoon Pablo


For our Gadgets readers in Mindanao and the Visayas, you can now be up to date on information through Google Maps about Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) as it makes its way through the Philippines.

Google shows the typhoon strength or signal in different parts of the country. Moreover, the map shows the location of the eye of the typhoon, its track, and the location of the shelters all over the country. The map also shows the emergency hotlines and other useful information that Filipinos can use in helping residents in disaster-prone areas. Globe users can access information about the typhoon for free using Free Zone in their mobile browsers.

Pablo is the 15th typhoon to hit the country this year. Ten areas in Mindanao are already under signal number 3. It is projected to move west at 26 kph, according to PAGASA. For data on typhoons and other crises, you can visit Google’s Crisis Response page here.