Public Alerts Partner FAQs

  1. How does Google work with government agencies like the US National Weather Service?

    Google partners with authorized alert originators and distributors listed here.

    For additional information about preparing Public Alerts data, please visit our Partner Help Center.

  2. What is the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP)?

    CAP is an international standard for publishing and sharing alerts. We advocate using an open and common standard, in order for everyone to have a consistent way to automatically receive and share alerting information, as well as publishing alerts securely using open web formats like Atom and RSS.
  3. I'm from a public agency and I'd love to see our alerts on Google Public Alerts. How do I make that happen?

    We welcome partnerships with agencies, domestic and international, who publish authoritative alerts. To get a head start, you can follow these steps.

    Once you have an operational CAP feed, fill out this contact form. If Google is interested in integrating your data into public alerts, we will respond to your initial inquiry submitted through this form and schedule a call to talk with your organization. The purpose of the call is to allow us to better understand what content you are interested in bringing to Public Alerts.

    If we move forward with your organization and your data, we’ll proceed to the data evaluation stage. During this stage, we may request that you provide us with sample data, technical support from your team, and further information about your systems and process. In parallel, we will work with you on an agreement to disseminate your data.

    Once we evaluate your data, and if we determine that your data is a match for Public Alerts, we will continue to work with your team to integrate your data into Public Alerts.

Public Alerts Mobile FAQs

  1. Can I see Public Alerts on Google Maps with my mobile browser?

    Yes. If you go to your mobile browser and head to Google Maps at maps.google.com, we will show you relevant weather, public safety and earthquake alerts when they are triggered by your search. The alerts will show up at the top of the screen. To view more about the alert details, click More details.
  2. How is Google Public Alerts integrated with Google Maps for Mobile?

    When searching on Google Maps for Mobile on your Android device, if the corresponding location of your search triggers a relevant alert, the alert will be displayed at the top of search results in an orange banner. 

    • To dismiss the alert:
      1. Click the alert.
      2. Select Hide alert.
    • To view more details:
      1. Click on the alert.
      2. Select View more details.

    While we can’t guarantee that you’ll see every alert when searching on Google Maps for Mobile, we’re doing our best to show what’s important when you need it, and hope that Google Public Alerts is a useful additional source of information.

  3. Why am I receiving alerts via text messages? How do I turn them off?

    Sometimes you may receive a text alert containing warnings and public safety information on your mobile phone. This is likely sent by Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), an alerting platform used by emergency management officials to disseminate public safety information via geographically targeted text to mobile phones. While Google Public Alerts shows similar warnings and public alerts as CMAS, it's an independent platform developed by Google. Google Public Alerts sends emergency messages to mobile phones through Google App or Android emergency features and also surfaces alerts on various Google properties like Google Search and Google Maps.

List of Our Partners

  1. Who provides content to Public Alerts?

    We work with the following partners from around the world:
    Australia

    Austria

    Bulgaria

    Brazil

    Canada

    Colombia

    Croatia

    Czechia

    France

    Germany

    Greece

    Hungary

    India

    Indonesia

    Italy

    Lithuania

    Japan

    Mexico

    New Zealand

    Poland

    Portugal

    Romania

    Slovakia

    Slovenia

    Spain

    The Philippines

    Taiwan

    Thailand

    United Kingdom

    U.S.

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