India x KERALA FLOODS
Supporting flood relief efforts and improved alerting
Crisis Response: Recovery.
Helping communities rebuild and recover after a crisis
People received critical, timely information about the Kerala floods via Google SOS Alerts
Raised through Googlers, Google.org, and a “Donate Now” button on Search 1
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.
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.
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.
1 Funds were given to various reputable nonprofits serving the Kerala region