Google, Microsoft, Intel and other tech companies will start helping the Federal Emergency Management Agency during major disasters. Seven tech groups signed an agreement with FEMA to offer tools and expertise to the agency’s new Tech Corps that will improve how the agency responds to disasters.
Trained volunteers from the organizations will work with FEMA at disaster sites on projects like setting up temporary Internet and phone communication, navigation and mapping systems and analyzing data to speed up rescue and recovery.
Another industry/government partnership may also be of interest. See: As Hurricane Season Approaches, IBM and The Weather Company Collaborate on Emergency Management for Cities