The original blog post was taken from the Microsoft Disaster Response Blog written by Molly Bull, Senior Communications, Manager, Microsoft Disaster Response on 13 Nov 2014.
We extend our deep appreciation and gratitude to the many nonprofit organizations on the ground helping with relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Those who wish to offer support can do so by donating to the following nonprofit organizations that are providing aid to those impacted:
• Aidmatrix: Coordinating the gathering and distribution of much-needed relief goods.
• American Red Cross: Have sent two disaster specialists to the region as well as communication specialists to help with the damaged communications infrastructure.
• Catholic Relief Service (CRS): Providing emergency shelter, water, and hygiene supplies for more than 32,000 families.
• Direct Relief: Sent $2.2 million in antibiotics, wound care supplies, gastro-intestinal medications, and painkillers to health facilities critically-low on supplies.
• Heifer International: Providing relief agencies with food, water and roofing materials to help meet basic shelter needs for project families.
• International Medical Corps: Has a team on the ground in the Philippines working to provide health care training, education and support.
• International Rescue Committee: Working closely with partners to deliver clean water, health care and other urgent needs.
• NetHope: Working with local partners and government to provide communications and IT infrastructure support.
• Plan International: Plan positioned 4,000 water kits and 4,000 pieces of plastic sheeting for shelter so if roads become impassable items can be quickly distributed by the community.
• Save the Children: Relief experts are on the scene, assessing children’s needs and helping families recover.
• SOS Children’s Villages: The team on the ground is providing food, water, shelter, medical care, clothes and other basic needs.
• World Food Programme: Working to provide logistics support for food and communications equipment to impacted areas.
• World Vision International: Mobilizing to help provide food, blankets, mosquito nets, tarps, hygiene kits, and emergency shelter.
We have updated the HelpBridge application, available at www.microsoft.com/helpbridge, to call out opportunities for those in the U.S. who wish to donate via text-to-give to response organizations providing relief to communities impacted by Typhoon Haiyan.
Microsoft is also working with nonprofit organizations, government responders, and customers and partners to determine technology and services support needed to help with business and infrastructure challenges.
Four deployment kits from emergency.lu, which include a version of the Skype client optimized for low-bandwith organizations, have been dispatched to the Philippines to provide connectivity for ongoing humanitarian operations. Microsoft Lync is also included, which response teams on the ground can use to coordinate relief efforts. Emergency.lu is a communications solution for global disaster relief and humanitarian missions, developed and implemented as a partnership between the Luxembourg Government and a consortium of Luxembourg companies and organizations: SES TechCom, Hitec and Luxembourg Air Rescue. Skype and Ericsson Response are technical partners for emergency.lu. More information can be found here.
Microsoft is also supporting NetHope’s response efforts on the ground through monetary donations and with 400 Microsoft Office license donations to support their operational procedures.
Interactive maps are available from Esri, providing imagery, situational information, and crowd sourced social media data. These maps can be used by citizens and first responders for real-time visuals within the impacted area.