Creativity in times of crisis

I've been watching this on a personal level as well as a professional level, and it's amazing and spiffy and reminds me that tech geeks like myself can use our skills for more than just everyday fluffy stuff.

Take a look at this google map of the San Diego fires. Zoom in and you'll see where the fires are, where the evacuation areas are, locations of human and animal shelters (both open and at capacity) and what areas are being evacuated.

TV station KPBS is using Twitter to broadcast updates, information, and evacuation directions directly to cell phones, aiding those who can't get net access right now.

Hats off to their webgeeks for creative thinking and use of resources in times of crisis.