Google Crisis Response

Response Efforts

When a disaster strikes, the Google Crisis Response team assesses the severity and scope of the disaster, and the relevance of our tools for the situation to determine
whether and how to respond.

Our responses might include:

  • Creating a resource page with emergency information and tools
  • Launching Google Person Finder to connect people with friends and loved ones
  • Hosting a Crisis Map with authoritative and crowd-sourced geographic information

Learn more about these tools »

Past responses:

Uttarakhand flooding, July 15, 2013
After heavy flooding in Uttarakhand, Google worked with responders on the ground to launch a crisis map with road information, and the locations of relief camps and medical centers.

Alberta flooding, June 22, 2013
As flooding continues to affect Alberta, the Google Crisis Response team has launched a new crisis map with emergency-related information.

Oklahoma tornadoes, May 24, 2013
In response to the devastating 2-mile wide tornado that struck the Oklahoma City region, Google’s Crisis Response team launched a crisis map for the event, which includes Red Cross shelters, traffic alerts, storm reports and other information.

Boston bombings, April 15, 2013
In response to the bombing of the Boston marathon, Google launched Person Finder to help those affected find and reconnect with friends and loved ones

Jakarta flooding, Jan. 17, 2013
The Google Crisis Response team assembled a response page and crisis map to track the flooding in Jakarta, and provide information and emergency resources to those affected.

Typhoon Pablo, Dec. 3, 2012
The Google Crisis Response team has assembled a Typhoon Pablo crisis map to help track the storm’s progress and provide updated emergency information.

Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 31, 2012
Hurricane Sandy hits New York and moves up the East Coast, causing widespread damage

Philippine floods, Aug. 1, 2012
Over 100 die in floods, affecting more than 2.4 million people in 144 municipalities.

Russia floods, July 1, 2012
Flash floods caused by torrential rain swept the southern Russian Krasnodar region, killing 144 people

U.S. wildfires, July 1, 2012
at least 19 major wildfires burning across the western United States, including one of the largest blazes in the history of New Mexico.

Indonesia earthquake, April 1, 2012
Magnitude 6.6 earthquake centered 60 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of the city of Medan hits Indonesia

Turkey Earthquake, Oct. 23, 2011
Magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck eastern Turkey

Thailand Floods, Oct. 13, 2011
Thailand’s worst flooding in 50 years

Philippine floods, Oct. 1, 2011
Hundreds killed after flooding from Tropical Storm Washi

Hurricane Irene, June 1, 2011
Large Atlantic that hurricane hit the eastern United States

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, March 11, 2011
Massive earthquake off the coast of Japan caused significant damage and tsunami flooding

Christchurch Earthquake, Feb. 22, 2011
Magnitude 6.3 earthquake in New Zealand

Australia Floods, Jan. 12, 2011
The worst flooding in 35 years threatened millions of people in Queensland and surrounding areas

Brazil Floods and Landslides, Jan. 11, 2011
Rains in the state of Rio de Janeiro caused landslides and flooding

San Bruno Fires, Sept. 10, 2010
Raging fires in Northern California destroyed and damaged 150 structures and caused several fatalities

Pakistan Floods, July 26, 2010
Heavy monsoon rains caused the worst flooding in Pakistan's history, impacting more than 21 million people

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, July 20, 2010
Oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico caused 100,000 barrels of oil to be spilled into the ocean

Qinghai Earthquake, April 13, 2010
Magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the Southern Qinghai Province in China

Chile Earthquake, Feb. 27, 2010
Magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck the coast of central Chile

Haiti Earthquake, Jan. 12, 2010
Magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck near the capital city of Port Au Prince

Lockheed Wildfire of Santa Cruz, California, Aug. 12, 2009
Several wildfires in the mountains of California burned more than 7,000 acres

L’Aquila Earthquake, April 6, 2009
Magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck in Italy and resulted in 380 deaths

Red River Floods, March 9, 2009
Flooding from the Red River affected Fargo, the most populous city in North Dakota, United States

Hurricane Ike, Sept. 1, 2008
Category 2 hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, United States

Hurricane Gustav, Aug. 25, 2008
The second most destructive storm of 2008 caused damage and casualties from Haiti to the United States

Sichuan Earthquake, May 12, 2008
Magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck the Sichuan Province in China

Cyclone Nargis, May 2, 2008
The deadliest cyclone to impact Myanmar in recorded history killed over 140,000 people

California Wildfires, Oct. 23, 2007
Devastating wildfires burned more than 375,000 acres of land and evacuated over 350,000 homes

Hurricane Katrina, Aug. 29, 2005
One of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the US killed over 1,800 people and caused the evacuation of many homes in the Gulf Region