Spoke to a Deputy Head at a school in Shefffield today who had 16 staff missing including the headteacher...
This would be a great context for using some of the features of Google Earth, and I will be using those in a training session later in the week (by which time it might be old news of course...)
- Polygons for ash cloud coverage
- Bookmarks of stories of stranded people (on Twitter) - use a Twitter search
Also my #ashabsence idea...
The final point of call is GEarth Blog which has a link to a very useful overlay image of the ash cloud.