Google’s crisis response team puts up Jakarta resources

Google has rolled out a crisis response page to help those in Jakarta, Indonesia

JAKARTA, INDONESIA. This general view shows the Hotel Indonesia (HI) roundabout inundated by floodwaters in Jakarta on January 17, 2013. Heavy rains have displaced almost 10,000 people in the Indonesian capital, a government official said Wednesday, with two people killed so far in the seasonal chaos. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY

MANILA, Philippines – While Jakarta is suffering from heavy monsoon rain, Google’s crisis response team is hard at work providing aid the best way it knows how: by providing information to those who need it.

Google has come out with a resource page for people in the area, much like it did during Typhoon Pablo, which killed more than 1000 people in the Philippines in December. The resource page not only shows basic resources like links to emergency information and news updates, but also a map of the area with locations that are flooded or in danger of flooding.

CRISIS RESPONSE. Google's complete emergency page for Jakarta has contact information, news, and maps. Screen shot from Google.

Google also has a mobile-optimized emergency page with location and contact information for shelters. The Next Web also notes that the essential information is available through the Google FreeZone service, which allows free Internet access to Google services on supported feature phones and carriers.

If you’re in the area and you need help, Google’s resources should increase your chances of keeping out of harm’s way. Stay safe, everyone. –


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