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Google Release New Crisis Response Map In Wake Of Southeastern Snow Storm

February 13, 2014 - Written By Patrick Northcraft

It’s always great to see that a company cares, and Google is one of the most caring of all.  They donate millions upon millions of dollars a year charities, and they tend to be about has helpful as possible from the technology end.  After the recent winter storm that rocked the southeast United States, Google has released a Crisis Response Map that details the afflicted areas with the appropriate weather warnings and advisories, the location of Red Cross shelters. and the status of other shelters in the area (whether they are open, on standby, or closed).  The storm has been all over the media as of late, with cars being stranded on the interstate highways and the like.

Google is a very philanthropic company that donates to varying causes, including towards improved computer science education, improving the conditions of women and children, and providing resources for the preservation of endangered species.  In regards to disaster relief, Google has donated over $9 million to global relief efforts.  They are not just a U.S. supporter, giving funding to cataclysmic events such as the Northern India floodings and the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.  Google employees are often some of the most charitable people, donating their time as well as their money.  Every June, the company hosts GoogleServe, where employees take a week to volunteer in varying services, which include things like cleaning graffiti and building homes.  Last year, more than 5,000 of Google’s employees spent almost 50,000 total man hours giving back to the community.  Overall, Google has donated about $50 million to different organizations around the world.

Returning to the snow storm, people are hurting, and Google is stepping in to help.  Even if just now they are simply providing a resource to find shelter, it is still helpful to those affected by the storm.  My heart goes out to those affected by the storm, and I wish you all and your families to be safe and have a safe Valentine’s weekend.  Have you been affected by the storm, or has Google’s service helped you and your family find safety?  Let us know any storm stories down below in the comments!