Emergency Preparedness Google Tools: Public Alerts
Public Alerts provide warnings for natural disasters and emergency situations. They appear based on targeted Google searches, such as “Hurricane Sandy”, or with location-based search queries like “New York.” In addition to the alert, you’ll also see relevant response information, such as evacuation routes, crisis maps or shelter locations.
You can see current alerts at http://google.org/publicalert
A pretty sweet feature on the the Google Public Alert homepage is the ability to search for disaster trends for your state or province. Put in your state and you will see how many alerts have gone out for hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, forest fires, blizzards and floods.