It has been a year since Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast and Google is doing its best to help continuing recovery efforts. While affected communities have largely disappeared from the news, there’s still a lot of work being done to build up parts of the east coast to pre-Sandy conditions. In an effort to boost those initiatives, Google is donating 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets, roughly $2.7 million worth of electronics, to areas affected by the storm, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said recently.
The tablets will be spread in “central locations in communities affected by Superstorm Sandy, including libraries, senior centers, and business and community centers,” Cuomo said, praising Google and its donation. “Private donations like these are critical in aiding local communities in our ongoing recovery.” Libraries will use the tablets for job training and as eReader loaner units where books aren’t available. They’ll also be used in high schools for entrepreneurship programs, in senior centers for video chats and in community centers for improving tech-related job skills, Cuomo said.
It may seem like small donation from such a large tech giant, but the tablets could be crucial in keeping specific areas connected to the Web, especially areas where there might not be enough funding yet for new computers. “We believe that technology can and does play a compelling role in rebuilding communities to make them more resilient and stronger,” vice president of government relations at Google Susan Molinari said. “Increasingly, more and more people are using technology and the Internet to educate themselves or provide for their families.”
According to a public spreadsheet, the tablets will be spread out across various locations including in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Flushing, Jamaica, Long Island, Manhattan, Amityville, Astoria, Brewster, Brentwood, Bohemia, Blue Point, Bethpage, Belmont, Bellport, Balwin, Babylon, Astoria, Averne and other locations.