Harnessing Disruption: The power of IT for disaster response

By Akhtar Badshah, senior director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft  Some of the largest humanitarian relief organizations met this week in Luxembourg to discuss using technology to prepare and respond to emergencies.  The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, led by the World Food Programme and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), was…


Responding to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

By Kari Sherrodd, Senior PR Manager, Microsoft Citizenship In a post today on the Microsoft Disaster Response Blog, Microsoft Disaster Response Senior Communications Manager Molly Bull shares a list of resources for those who wish to support nonprofit organizations providing aid to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. To see the list of nonprofits, interactive maps…


Lessons From a Social Media Lead: Using Tech to Prep

Microsoft has a long history of working with leading humanitarian response organizations dedicated to disaster preparedness and recovery.  This week we are proud to team up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help raise awareness of resources, tools, and tips that can help you stay safe during a natural disaster.  In this blog…


Helping You Prepare for a Natural Disaster

By: Molly Bull, Senior Communications Manager, Microsoft Disaster Response The devastating tornados that recently tore through communities in Texas and Oklahoma reinforce the importance of both preparedness and aiding in relief efforts during times of natural disaster. Today also marks the start of Hurricane Preparedness Week in the U.S., as hurricane seasons starts the first…


How Microsoft Can Help You Prepare and Respond to a Natural Disaster

By: Molly Bull, Senior Communications Manager, Microsoft Disaster Response Supporting humanitarian relief and disaster response efforts is core to our commitment to develop technology solutions, tools, and practices that can foster social and economic change. That’s why we want to make it easier for you to know about the latest tools and resources to help…


September is National Preparedness Month

By the Microsoft Disaster Response Team “We cannot stop natural disasters but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness.” – Petra Nemcova, Disaster Survivor and Founder of Happy Hearts Fund With the recent impacts of Tropical Storm Isaac, disaster preparedness is likely…


Tropical Storm Isaac

By Molly Bull, Senior Communications Manager, Microsoft Disaster Response Situation Analysis: August 29, 2012 Recently downgraded to a Tropical Storm, many continue to watch and track the progress of Isaac, which made landfall Tuesday evening in the U.S. Gulf Coast.  At landfall the storm was a Category 1 hurricane causing heavy rains and reaching wind…


Relief organizations to share real-time needs during disaster response through Microsoft’s “Notes From The Ground”

By Microsoft Disaster Response Team On the heels of Microsoft’s Local Impact Map announcement, we are pleased to share that we are now also able to provide relief organizations with the ability to broadcast stories and highlight needs during times of disaster through a tool called Notes from the Ground. Hosted within Local Impact Map,…


Computerworld Honors Microsoft’s Disaster Response Portal

By Microsoft Disaster Response Team Recently our team had the opportunity to attend the Computerworld Honors Program which recognizes organizations that use information technology to promote and advance public welfare, benefit society and change the world for the better. Event attendees came from organizations big and small spanning industries from financial services to transportation and…


How can you help when a natural disaster strikes?

By the Microsoft Disaster Response Team Following the devastation of a natural disaster, one of the first questions people ask is how can I help? The challenge is most response organizations require pre-training for disaster relief volunteers so many are unable to provide volunteer assistance during this critical response period. This happens for two main…