India x KERALA FLOODS

Supporting flood relief efforts and improved alerting

Crisis Response: Recovery.

Helping communities rebuild and recover after a crisis

Watch the video
3:10

Contributions

3.8M+

People received critical, timely information about the Kerala floods via Google SOS Alerts

$1M

Raised through Googlers, Google.org, and a “Donate Now” button on Search 1

Context

In 2018, Kerala was caught off-guard by intense rains that caused flooding on a scale not seen in decades. Upon hearing the news, Google employees with friends and relatives in the region initiated a company-wide crisis response, aiming to help address the immediate needs of the flood-swept region.

Response

Google immediately launched an SOS Alert across Search and Maps which helped more than 3.8 million people gain access to critical information related to the floods. Googlers, Google.org, and a “Donate Now” button on the SOS alert raised close to $1M in funds for disaster relief.

Result

Google’s efforts helped residents of Kerala access critical crisis information during moments of need. Google’s flood forecasting solution has already begun piloting in India with plans to expand coverage across India and beyond.

Video still from Google Crisis Response video: “Fighting Floods in India”
Video still from Google Crisis Response video: “Fighting Floods in India”
Video still from Google Crisis Response video: “Fighting Floods in India”
Video still from Google Crisis Response video: “Fighting Floods in India”
Video still from Google Crisis Response video: “Fighting Floods in India”

1 Funds were given to various reputable nonprofits serving the Kerala region