Last week, Colorado was hit with severe storms and flooding, washing out roads and bridges and leaving thousands displaced. Many people, including local Googlers, have been evacuated from their homes or are still without essential services. The recovery period is likely to be lengthy as major roads are repaired and communities clean up.
In response to the disaster, Google Crisis Response worked closely with the local team to launch a Crisis Map showing aerial photos, shelters, road closures and more. Public Alerts notified people of flash flood warnings. The team worked closely with the Colorado Office of Emergency Management, as well as the Boulder Office of Emergency Management and other county response agencies to get updates to those affected.
Google has also donated $50,000 to the Red Cross to support relief and rebuilding efforts. We hope these resources help Coloradans recover from this disaster.
Posted by Scott Green, Boulder Site Director