Google.org, the charitable arm of search giant Google, has announced a $1 million grant to Team Rubicon in support of efforts to improve disaster preparedness operations and the work of first responders.
Announced on First Responders Day, the grant will be used to build out teams of volunteers — predominantly military veterans — who will work alongside first responders to prepare for natural disasters. According to Google.org, approximately $6 is saved in post-disaster recovery spending for every $1 spent on preparedness.
"This funding enables us to build disaster preparedness in cities across the U.S. so we can mobilize to help others on their worst day," said Team Rubicon co-founder and CEO Jake Wood. "This includes everything from training in critical skill sets such as damage assessment, roof-tarping, and chainsaw operations to incident command and leadership development — all so we can better serve our communities and neighbors affected by disaster."