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This article was published on May 24, 2013


Google, Verizon and Acer offer Chromebook stations and free WiFi to Oklahoma tornado victims

Google, Verizon and Acer offer Chromebook stations and free WiFi to Oklahoma tornado victims
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Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email. Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email.

In wake of the Oklahoma tornado tragedy, Google has shared that it is working with both Verizon Wireless and Acer to set up Chromebook stations with free Internet around the area.

According to Google, three locations have been set up, including two Red Cross stations — located at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church and the Moore Community Center — as well as Walmart #277.

With such wide-scale damage affecting the city of Moore, these stands should play a role in helping victims better communicate with their loved ones.

In addition to these stations, Google also released a crisis map for Oklahoma today, which includes Red Cross shelters, traffic alerts and storm reports.

Google has a history of stepping up after tragedies, as do many other tech firms like TwitterAT&T and T-Mobile. Google’s response to Hurricane Sandy as well as its Person Finder initiative are noteworthy examples.

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