#NepalEarthquake: Google Assists in Rescue With People Finder Tool

Google has launched its ‘People Finder’ tool to help search for missing people in Nepal.

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Google Inc. has launched its ‘Person Finder’ tool to help with the rescue effort taking place in Nepal after a massive earthquake struck on Saturday.

First started after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Google’s people finder is an open source tool that let’s anybody enter a missing person’s profile or update it in a open source database.

Here is more information about the web application from Google’s own website:

Google Person Finder is a web application that allows individuals to post and search for the status of relatives or friends affected by a disaster. The program also lets press agencies, non-governmental agencies and others contribute to the database and receive updates.
–Google Person Finder webpage.

The Nepal database already contains profiles of up to 5300 individuals and counting since the web application was launched specifically for Nepal two days ago, according to Wired.

Google’s Person Finder was also widely used during the Uttarkhand floods in 2013 and during the Jammu and Kashmir floods last year.

How it Works

Depending on whether you want to search for a person or update information about them, you choose one of two options:

Photo Courtesy: <a href="https://google.org/personfinder/2015-nepal-earthquake/">Google.org/Person finder tool</a>
Photo Courtesy: Google.org/Person finder tool

If you are looking for someone then you click on the green box shown above which includes the phrase ‘I’m looking for someone’.

If you want to see the status of a person you then fill in the person’s name and will see a list of names with their particular status such as below:



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Photo Courtesy: Google.org/Person finder tool

If you click on any particular name you will see more information about them including the status listed against their name (whether they are still missing, unspecified, or have spoken to someone, etc.)

You can also fill in details if you have information about someone by clicking the ‘I have Information about someone’ box in blue (see below).



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Photo Courtesy: Google.org/Person finder tool

After clicking the blue box, you can fill up a missing person’s name and then fill in details about that person:



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Photo Courtesy: Google.org/Person finder tool

You can also find the status of a person via a text message using the numbers below as given on Google’s people finder website :

In Nepal: Text “search <name>” to 6040
In India: Text “search <name>” to +91-9773300000
In US: text “search <name>” to +1 650-800-3978

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