Forecasting & alerts

Google’s crisis alerts provide access to trusted safety information across Search, Maps, and Android.

Mobile phone with crisis alert on Google Search

Crisis alerts

The most critical information, delivered when you need it most.

Fire warning notification

SOS notifications from Google

When you’re in a location affected by a disaster, you may receive a notification from the Google app directing you to an SOS Alert on Search where you’ll access credible safety information.

Google Search bar with query 'Pine Gulch Fire'

SOS Alerts on Google Search and Maps

SOS Alerts on Search and Maps surface relevant and ongoing updates from official sources, including local authorities and emergency response organizations.

Wildfire boundary map visual within the SOS alert

Flood forecasting

With more than 250m people affected by flooding each year1, we are providing accurate forecasting information and alerts to those in affected regions.

Flood forecasting alert.

Interactive maps

People can quickly access an interactive map where they can see their location relative to the predicted flood.

Google.org is supporting the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to build local networks that can get flood alert information to those without access to devices or internet connectivity.

Animation showcasing flood forecasting technology.

Real-time flood forecasting

Through partnerships with local governments, we’ve developed real-time flood forecasting models that predict when and where a flood might occur, along with its severity.

Wildfires

Using the power of satellite data, we’re mapping wildfires and providing real-time safety information to help at-risk communities stay safe.

Wildfire boundary map on Google Maps.

Improved visualizations

Using data from NOAA’s satellites and the computing power of Google Earth Engine, we’re able to detect an active wildfire and produce an approximate boundary on Google Search and Maps.

Google.org continues to support wildfire response and recovery efforts through grants towards initiatives including crisisready.io and the forestry and fire recruitment program.

Animation showcasing wildfire boundary map technology.

Infrared + optical imagery

Built using Infrared technology and optical imagery to identify “hot spots,” wildfire boundary maps are accompanied by safety information from local authorities including shelters and evacuations.

Earthquakes

More than half of all earthquake injuries can be prevented if people receive early warning1.

Earthquake alert on Android phone.

Earthquake alerts

We’ve partnered with ShakeAlert® to send earthquake alerts directly to Android devices in California, Washington, and Oregon. In Greece, New Zealand, and more countries coming soon, we’re able to send earthquake alerts powered by the Android Earthquake Alerts System.

Developed by the nation’s leading seismologists, ShakeAlert® uses signals from 700+ seismometers.

Animation showcasing the Android earthquake detection network.

Android Earthquake Alerts System

Traditional seismometers aren’t available in many parts of the world, so we’ve developed the Android Earthquake Alerts System which uses Android phones like mini seismometers to create the world’s largest earthquake detection network.

Hurricanes

With hurricanes increasing in frequency and intensity, access to authoritative forecasts and safety information can help protect lives2.

UI flow of a crisis alert for tropical storm laura.

Detailed forecast cones

In the days leading up to a hurricane, detailed forecast cones from authoritative sources appear on Google Search and Maps that show the storm’s predicted trajectory.

425M+

views of crisis alerts for hurricanes since 2017

Hurricane forecast cone on Google Maps.

Timely navigation warnings

Within Google Maps you’ll see a prominent alert if your route may be affected by storm activity—and we’ll keep road conditions up to date so you can navigate safely.

Encouraging individual safety while improving access to emergency services.

Personal safety

Ensuring effective post-disaster relief and supporting long term recovery and resilience.

Recovery & resilience