Post- Hurricane Sandy: Microsoft Publishes Disaster Response ReadyReach Information Portal

 

Last week, Hurricane Sandy flooded some cities including New York in USA. Google on its part published a map showing Sandy affected areas and sent Hurricane Sandy alerts via Search, Maps, etc,. Apple on its part placed a donation link on its popular home page. What about Microsoft?

Microsoft is closely monitoring the situation, and has already taken several actions including publishing its disaster response ReadyReach information portal. This site provides information on updates & projections from experts, preparedness recommendations from FEMA, and links to more information on what you can do to help.

A number of nonprofits are actively responding to relief efforts for Sandy, including:

  • American Red Cross – Mobilized more than 400 workers, 200,000 ready-to-eat meals shipped, six shelters in Virginia and North Carolina.
  • AmeriCares – Assessing needs with over 130 response partners, positioned stock of supplies and medicine ready for immediate shipment.
  • Save the Children – Using U.S. Emergencies Fund to help repared to distribute aid, psychosocial support, and more.
  • World Vision – Ready to dispatch flood clean-up kits, working with local partners to bolster emergency supplies, and more. Direct Relief International – Helping people get access to basic health and medical services, committing an initial $250,000 in cash and $25 million of available medical inventories to support medical relief and recovery efforts in affected communities

Also Microsoft has a great tradition of helping its customers and general people in case of emergency and I guess they are continuing it for disaster recovery due to Sandy.

Update:

We just got one another thing Microsoft was doing now to help NYC recover from Sandy’s damages.

Microsoft has built an application that was put together for NYC to help manage the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. It was stood up very quickly by the SLG STU/Account team for New York City under the Mayor’s office. The app is going to be used to help quickly assess all the damage in the city, etc.

The app is deployed at:
http://sandystormcityofnewyork.cloudapp.net

Good job, Microsoft.

Source: Microsoft Corporate Citizenship blog

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