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Responding to the Oklahoma tornado

On Monday, the Oklahoma City region was struck by a devastating 2-mile wide tornado. Entire neighborhoods and schools have been destroyed, people have lost their lives and thousands remain displaced. Our hearts go out to all those who were affected by this terrible tragedy.

In response, Google’s Crisis Response team launched a crisis map for the event, which includes Red Cross shelters, traffic alerts, storm reports and other information.

Googlers from our Mayes County Data Center, which is located approximately 2.5 hours from Moore, Oklahoma, are also volunteering in the community. We are currently working with Verizon Wireless and Acer to set up Chromebook stations with free Internet. Residents can go to St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church and the Moore Community Center, which are acting as Red Cross shelters. Chromebooks are also set up at Walmart store #277, 501 19th St. Moore, Oklahoma. We hope people find this useful.

To aid in both immediate and long-term recovery efforts in the region, we’re also making a $250,000 donation to relief work in the area. We’ll also continue to work with the many nonprofits and responders who are providing lifesaving resources on the ground.
Posted by: Mike Wooten, operations manager of Mayes County Data Center

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