updated 01:01 pm EDT, Wed October 30, 2013
Non-profits to use tablets in helping people in areas still affected by Sandy
Google, working with Governor Cuomo, has donated tablets to a New York non-profit in order to help people still affected by Hurricane Sandy, a storm that is estimated to have caused around $65 billion in damage when it hit the eastern seaboard one year ago. A total of 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets worth over $2.7 million at retail were handed to the New York State Community Action Association, and will be provided to a number of locations to help support a range of existing programs.
Tablets provided to libraries will be used for job training and work skills, reports Engadget, and as e-reader loaner devices in areas where libraries have yet to reopen. Small business development organizations plan to use the tablets in training courses, as well as assisting high school entrepreneurship programs in 30 underserved schools. Community centers will attempt to help young people in poverty move towards high-skilled or STEM careers with the tablets, along with teaching their parents new technology-based job skills, while senior centers will offer video chatting and other electronic communication services to seniors to keep them connected to friends and families, and to combat senior isolation.
"The community agencies serving people affected by Superstorm Sandy are grateful to Google and Governor Cuomo for this generous donation," said CEO of the NYS Community Action Agency Kara Digirolamo. "Recovery and rebuilding is a long and difficult task and NYSCAA is pleased to offer this resource to the programs that are committed to this important work."
Technology companies got heavily involved with helping people affected by Hurricane Sandy, both during and afterward. Google updated its Crisis Map to track the storm and provide regional alerts with emergency information, Verizon provided free power and calls to users for a period after the storm, and Apple donated $2.5 million to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, on top of donations sent by customers via iTunes and donations from Apple employees.