Helping those affected by crises through our products, our people, and our partners
We work with local authorities and first responders to provide access to critical information and resources when people need them the most.
Our aim is to provide the most relevant, credible, actionable information during a crisis.
During a crisis, people need real-time information. Whether they’re experiencing an issue on the ground or trying to understand the situation from afar, we want our products to give people quick access to important information—such as what is going on and where it is happening—to help them stay safe and informed.
This is why we have created SOS Alerts—a new set of features in Google Search and Maps that activate during major natural, manmade, or humanitarian disasters.
SOS Alerts in Search
SOS Alerts in Maps
Complementing SOS Alerts, our Public Alerts help local and public authorities communicate emergency messages specifically related to official weather, public safety, and earthquake alerts.Learn more
In moments of crises, the right volunteers can make all the difference.
Rebuilding after a crisis takes teamwork. Nonprofits and first responders working on the ground are often in need of volunteers with specific skills to accomplish certain tasks. At Google, we have a deep pool of highly-skilled individuals who can help communities affected by crises. Our Google.org volunteering program matches these Googlers with communities and nonprofits in need of aid.
Providing refugees with connectivity and devices
Googlers volunteered with NetHope to install low-cost WiFi and charging stations along migration routes in the Balkan Region. The volunteers installed over 75 hotspots within refugee camps and transit centers, providing over 500,000 inhabits with critical access to the internet.View NetHope
Our partnerships with organizations and government agencies that are on the front lines of relief efforts, including the Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, and many other third-party content providers, enable emergency alerts, public safety information, and other timely material to be distributed through Google products—including Google Search and Google Maps.
Additionally, Google.org gives strategic packages of support to humanitarian organizations. These packages include funding and connections to the right volunteers to help nonprofits support and rebuild impacted communities.
Resources for Nonprofits
Helping you connect to a wider audience, increase support, and create impact on a global scaleView Google for Nonprofits