SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — When disaster strikes, there are numerous ways to stay informed and to keep loved ones notified about your whereabouts.

A number of websites allow users to listen in on police scanners and view live street cameras. CNET Editor-At-Large Brian Cooley said while the views are unfiltered, they may not present a full picture of what is going on. allows users to listen in on first-responders radio transmissions. The site calls itself “the world’s largest source of public safety, aircraft, rail and marine safety audio streams.”

For a real-time look at what’s happening on the roadways, Caltrans and many other transportation agencies have put live video from traffic cameras up on the web. Caltrans site is The agency said it has 1,000 cameras keeping an eye on freeways across California.

To learn the whereabouts of a loved one who is unaccounted for when disaster hits, Google and the Red Cross both provide up-to-the minute status reports on people at or a near a disaster scene. Google’s Person Finder lists people who have and have not been heard from since Monday’s explosions. The Red Cross’s Safe and Well Registry provides a similar service.

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