In additon to newly launchedCrisis Response Map for Hurrican Sandy, Public Alerts are also now available on Google Search & Maps in desktop browser, on Google Maps for Android and on Google Now for Android devices running Jellybean.
Public Alerts are primarily available in English for the U.S., Google says, they're working with data providers across the world to expand their reach.
"If you are searching for superstorm Sandy, you'll see content at the top of the Search page specific to this crisis. For other searches, you'll see public alerts where and when they are live," google informed.
Public Alerts provide warnings for natural disasters and emergency situations. They appear based on targeted Google searches, such as [Superstorm 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.