How tech companies helped during Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma proved to be a flashpoint for several tech companies, as several of them came together to help victims and provide relief in the aftermath of the two massive storms.

Tech played a large part in both financial and practical aid efforts in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean. Some companies gave money to help areas rebuild, while others aided response workers and civilian rescuers.

After such a rough couple of weeks, seeing people in the tech sphere help out people devastated by the natural disasters has a heartwarming appeal. Here are some of the ways tech companies helped out before, during, and after the hurricanes.

Monetary donations

One of the most common — and important — sources of support from the tech community was in monetary donations. This will probably prove to be useful as Harvey alone is estimated to have caused billions in damages.

According to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook raised over $10 million for Harvey relief efforts, between multiple user-led fundraisers and the $1 million that Facebook matched.

Michael Dell committed to donating $36 million. Apple donated $10 million, and Tim Cook personally mentioned the disasters during this week’s iPhone reveal event. Google matched $2 million in donations, $1 million for each hurricane. Microsoft donated $100,000. According to reports, several other companies made donations to various charities, including the Red Cross, United Way, and the Salvation Army.

Even gamers got in on the altruism: charity speed running organization Games Done Quick organized a special marathon called Harvey Relief Done Quick, which raised $227,000 for the Houston Food Bank. After Hurricane Irma, Final Fantasy XIV players raised $21,000 for the Direct…

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