Floods in Colorado and fires in California have disrupted the lives of thousands and become a feature of nightly news broadcasts across the country. But getting the word out on natural disasters can and should involve more than a simple static map of the damage. While interactive weather tools have long existed on the web, advancements in technology have improved the way that disaster information is disseminated to the public.
Having the right information can be life-saving, and fortunately several news and government organizations have built tools to connect people with the information they need.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which studies America’s landscape, natural resources and hazards, has released a real-time map of flooding conditions around the country.
This accompanies a previous project from the USGS... keep reading