Google Crisis Response makes critical information more accessible around natural disasters and humanitarian crises, such as hurricanes and earthquakes. This initiative is a project of Google.org, which uses Google's strengths in information and technology to build products and advocate for policies that address global challenges.
The types of activities we might initiate include:
Organizing emergency alerts, news updates and donation opportunities, and making this information visible through our web properties or dedicated Landing Pages
Building engineering tools that enable better communication and collaboration among crisis responders and among victims such as Person Finder
Supporting responders in using core Google tools, including Google Apps and Google Maps
Providing updated satellite imagery and maps of affected areas to illustrate infrastructure damage and help relief organizations navigate disaster zones
Supporting the rebuilding of network infrastructure where it has been damaged to enable access to the Internet
Donating to charitable organizations that are providing direct on-the-ground relief
Google assesses the scale and scope of each disaster to determine whether and how Google can uniquely contribute tools or content to relief efforts.
There’s a section for responders with information on using Google tools in crises, such as collaborating efficiently using Google Docs, Spreadsheets and Sites, visualizing the disaster‑related information with Google My Maps and Google Earth, and more.