Google’s Hurricane Sandy Crisis Map offers fast access to public shelter information, Sandy storm tracking, public alerts and power outage information on the iPhone, Android and other mobile devices.
The new Google Crisis Map is available in for the entire East coast, and as a specific to New York City crisis map. Both format to the iPhone and Android devices, allowing users to check for important information by using the layers option.
As users deal with slow and spotty cell phone service, it’s good to have a single resource for the most recent information. The app allows users zoom in on their specific location to see relevant data.
This data is not available in Google Maps for Android, so users will need to use the links below to access Hurricane Sandy storm information.
When viewing the map on a smartphone, users can tap on the Layers button in the upper left to view more detailed information. This is one of the best ways to find hyperlocal information on conditions in New York City and other areas.
- Power outage information
- Emergency shelters
- Storm surge probability (over 6 feet)
- Weather radar
- Cloud imagery
- Webcams and YouTube videos
- Weather observations
- Public Alerts
- Hurricane evacuation routes
- Traffic conditions
Users can tap on the individual markers on the map for links to more detailed information. This is a good way to find support information nearby, especially for users who are not in their neighborhood after evacuating.
When selecting power outages, the map offers links to power company information where users can eventually view estimated repair times and check the status of power outages.
Residents can also tune in to YouTube for live coverage of the Sandy Storm and fallout from the damages. Keep in mind using the iPhone or Android devices for live video will drain the battery faster than looking up information on a map.