In response to Sandy, Google's Crisis Response Project has built tools to collect and share critical information. One tool is an interactive map athttp://google.org/crisismap/2012-sandy providing the following critical information:
- Post-Sandy imagery (imagery collected after Sandy). Imagery was captured November 1, 2012 Source NOAA-National Geodetic Survey
- Road Work and Traffic Advisories Traffic Conditions Power Outages Food and Gas locations and status
- Shelters and Recovery Centers Local Emergency Twitter feeds Weather
Additionally, the attached documents help identify “possible” locations of fuel, food, hotel and pharmacy availability that may be open in specific geographic areas to support the NJ ROIC's constituencies with planning and response activities.
Hughes Network Systems (e.g. Hughes, www.hughes.com) provides satellite and land line connections to these locations that support their point of sale systems. The underlying assumption is that if the communications links are still “UP”, the chances are the locations are still functioning with power and are able to conduct business. “UP” status would indicate that the location may still be able to communicate credit card and other operational transactions.
As with all disasters, this information is subject to change without notice.