Waze Aims to Help The Philippines in Wake of Typhoon

This past weekend the Philippines was struck by Typhoon Haiyan - one of the most powerful and devastating natural disasters in recent memory. Authorities estimate that at least 9.7 million people have been affected by the typhoon. The sheer scale of the damage has made evacuation and the delivery of assistance extremely difficult. We can only imagine how difficult a time this must be.
In an effort to assist in this time of crisis, we have added pins to our maps showing emergency evacuation points across the Philippines.   
Wazers in the Philippines can also find the closest rescue point to them simply by typing "help" in the navigation box.  
We hope that these efforts along with real-time reports from the Waze community will provide rescue workers with the most up-to-date road conditions on their way to offering help.     
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected by the typhoon. If you must drive, please drive safe. And if there are any more rescue points we should add or any other ways we can help, please reply in the comments below. 

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the thoughts and activating these guys, this would somehow help out our fellow countrymen in distress. Much appreciated.

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  2. I saw some work done in Japan after the Tsunami that used the location devices in some Honda's to show where cars were driving and therefore which roads were passable. Could waze do this?

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  3. I have a suggestion. I am imagining that there are large amounts of debris and a lot of that will be blocking roads. Why not allow people to report blocked roads and to report that the blockages are clear? Bonus points for using that in your routing algorithms.

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