Published on September 7th, 2010 | by Babar Bhatti5
Flood Relief for Pakistan: Thankyou Google
Editor’s Note: In this series of posts, we will highlight companies and organizations who have contributed to Pakistan flood relief efforts. The goal is to appreciate their efforts, to spread the word and encourage others to help out as well. Suggestions and comments are welcome.
Soon after the flood, Google crisis response team setup a portal to help with Pakistan flood relief. Google also contributed $250K for the relief.
Here’s Google’s statement:
We’ve created a crisis response page (Urdu) that hosts a variety of tools and compiles information about the disaster, including the latest news from local media sources, any available satellite imagery of the affected areas, and ways to donate to verified NGOs supporting the relief effort. It can also be accessed from the Google.com.pk homepage.
For those concerned about loved ones, the Pakistan Person Finder Tool can be used to submit or search for information about individuals who may have been affected. Similarly, the Pakistan Resource Finder Tool helps disseminate updated information about health facility services, including doctors, equipment and beds available, which may change rapidly during the disaster. These tools are available in English and Urdu. We encourage organizations and media sites to embed the gadgets on their sites and help spread the word. (Instructions on embedding are listed below.)
In addition, we’ve made an initial monetary donation of $250,000 to immediately aid in relief efforts. We are continuing to explore what tools and imagery we can provide that will be helpful and will be posting updates to the Pakistan disaster response page.