Google Creates Crisis Map, Cancels Android Event for Hurricane Sandy

By Devon Glenn 

While East Coast dwellers are bracing for Hurricane Sandy, Google has created a crisis map to track the category-1 hurricane as it brings strong winds and dangerously high tides from Virginia to Massachusetts beginning Monday night. The company has also cancelled its Android event that was scheduled for October 29 in New York City.

Google shared a link to the map today on Google+. From the blog post:

Just launched: A new crisis map with several Hurricane Sandy–related layers, including current and forecasted locations, courtesy of NOAA-National Hurricane Center; cloud and wind information; and public alerts featuring emergency information like evacuation routes. As the team identifies additional information, they’ll be updating the map.

Google has used its mapping technology to aid relief efforts around the world since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The company was expected to debut the LG Nexus 4 smartphone and the Samsung Nexus 10 tablet at a press event on Monday morning, but the waterfront pier where the event was to take place is in an evacuation zone.

“We are canceling our Monday morning event in New York due to Hurricane Sandy,” wrote Google in a statement sent to invitees. “We will let you know our plans as soon as we know more.”