Google Philippines launches Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) Crisis Map, Public Alerts and Person Finder Resources with PAG-ASA Data


Manila, Philippines — Google Philippines on late Thursday, December 4th, set up and activated a Public Alerts webpage, Person Finder and a Crisis Map for Super Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, days in advance of the tropical storm’s expected time of arrival (ETA) on Saturday, December 6th.

The Google Public Alerts page for Super Typhoon Hagupit codenamed “Ruby” displays real-time detailed information from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) regarding the location, strength, and trajectory of the aforementioned super typhoon.

Recommended actions and relevant Twitter statuses from government agencies, as well as from the international and local news media can also be found on the page.

The Public Alerts card will also be displayed on Google Search, Google Maps, and Google Now, depending on the location and search query of the Google search engine user.

Google has also put up a Crisis Map, with crowdsourced information about shelters, evacuation centers, track of the tropical storm and traffic alerts from Waze users.

Google has activated several resources for typhoon related information:

  • Public Alerts – real-time updated information from Pag-asa and other information on the typhoon and its route and expected effect. On the right side, you’ll find a Google Crisis Map for Ruby. This map contains information on shelters, evacuation centers, and the track of the cyclone.
  • Crisis Landing Page – which houses our Person Finder and a lot of emergency contact numbers.

According to PAGASA, Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) has maintained its strength as it continues to move West Northwest towards the Eastern Samar region. The storm has a maximum sustained winds of 215 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 250 kph. At 10:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon “RUBY” was located based on all available data at 435 km East of Borongan, Eastern Samar (11.8°N, 129.4°E).

•Expected landfall: Saturday evening over the Eastern Samar-Northern Samar area and it will be associated with strong winds, storm surge (4-5 meters) and heavy-intense rainfall.

•Estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5 – 20 mm per hour (heavy – intense) within the 700 km diameter of the typhoon.

•“RUBY” and the Northeast Monsoon will bring rough to very rough sea conditions over the seaboards of Northern Luzon, eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon, seaboards of Visayas and over northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao. Fisherfolks and those using small seacraft are advised not to venture out over the said seaboards.

•Expected Exit PAR: Wednesday morning (Dec. 9).

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1:

  • LUZON: Catanduanes, Albay,Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Burias Island and Romblon
  • VISAYAS: Capiz, Iloilo, Antique, Aklan, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Rest of Cebu, Siquijor and Bohol
  • MINDANAO: Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Island, Siargao Island, Misamis Oriental, Agusan del Sur and Camiguin Island

Source: PAGASA, Google Philippines PR

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