Google launches Person Finder for Typhoon Yolanda aftermath

Super typhoon Yolanda ( Haiyan in the international community) devastated Philippines last Friday, November 9 affecting around 4.38 million people in 270 cities and towns (mostly in the central part of the country) according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Around 10,000 people are believed to be killed in Tacloban City alone, one of the cities that were hit hard by the super typhoon. Bodies lie everywhere — in the streets, in their houses, near the shore, under the debris of toppled buildings and downed electricity post. “The devastation is … I don’t have words for it, it is really horrific,” the country’s interior minister Mar Roxas said in Tacloban, as reported by  NBC News.

Following the said catastrophe, Google launched an online application where people can either search for their loved ones or give information about someone missing due to Yolanda. Below is the step by step procedure:

Type in Google Person Finder at the search engine or directly type the URL address at the URL tab: http://google.org/personfinder/. Once you see the below landing page, you’re on the right page.

Type in Google Person Finder at the search box or directly type the address at the URL tab: http://google.org/personfinder/. If you see this, you’re on the right page.

Click Typhoon Yolanda at the left sidebar.  You’ll be directed to a page that has 2 options: “to look for someone” or “give information about someone”.

Click Typhoon Yolanda at the left sidebar. You’ll be directed to a page that has 2 options: “to look for someone” or “give information about someone”.

If you choose the former, the Google Person Finder will prompt in the page that looks like this. Type in the name of the person missing to see if someone has information about him/her.

If you choose the former, the Google Person Finder will prompt in the page that looks like this. Type in the name of the person missing to see if someone has information about him/her.

 

On the other hand, if you have information about a missing person, click the latter and type in the Full Name of the person so his/her loved ones can look him up in Google.

On the other hand, if you have information about a missing person, click the latter and type in the Full Name of the person so his/her loved ones can look him up in Google.

 

That’s pretty much how you can help find or look for your missing loved ones over the internet. The application is also available in mobile. See the details below.

 

Mobile Version of Google Finder

Google Finder’s Mobile Version

 

 

With Filipinos’ highly-spirited nature and resistance and  with the help of the internet and technology, we will come out as champions in the end, harboring the lessons we have learned no matter how hard they may be. Stay strong, Filipinos, and kudos to all!

 

 

 

 

MiLi

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