Google Crisis Preparedness and Get Tech Ready Portals Launched Ahead Of U.S. National Preparedness Month

In preparation for September's National Preparedness Month, Google's Crisis Response team just introduced a new "Google Crisis Preparedness" website with information and educational tools on using technology to prepare for crises, announced Nigel Snoad, Crisis Response Product Manager.Sonad on Google.org blog post writes that "On the site, you can see how individuals and organizations have […]

In preparation for September's National Preparedness Month, Google's Crisis Response team just introduced a new "Google Crisis Preparedness" website with information and educational tools on using technology to prepare for crises, announced Nigel Snoad, Crisis Response Product Manager.

Sonad on Google.org blog post writes that "On the site, you can see how individuals and organizations have used technology during crises in the past, including how two girls located their grandfather after the Japan earthquake and tsunami in March of this year and how Americorps tracked volunteers during the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri in May of this year. There's a section for responders with information on using Google tools in crises, such as collaborating efficiently using Google Docs, Spreadsheets and Sites, visualizing the disaster-related information with Google My Maps and Google Earth, and more."

Also, you can now access a new public preparedness web resource: "Get Tech Ready," developed as a collaboration between FEMA, the American Red Cross, the Ad Council and Google Crisis Response," informed Sonad.

There, you'll find tips on using technology to prepare for, adapt to and recover from disasters, for example:

  • "Learn how to send updates via text and internet from your mobile phone in case voice communications are not available
  • Store your important documents in the cloud so they can be accessed from anywhere or in a secure and remote area such as a flash or jump drive that you can keep readily available
  • Create an Emergency Information Document using this Ready.gov Emergency Plan Google Docs Template, or by downloading it to record and share your emergency plans and access them from anywhere," noted Sonad.