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…


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…


Announcing the Windows 8 Apps for Good Contest

Do you have an idea to help people better track their energy usage? Do you want to help students learn math or science? Have an idea about how to track online donations? Show us how Windows 8 apps can help the world and you can win up to US$15,000. To celebrate the launch of Windows…


Update: Supporting Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts – November 2nd 2012

Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft Our thoughts and best wishes are with all those impacted by Hurricane Sandy which earlier this week left a devastating trail across the eastern region of the United States.  While relief and recovery efforts are well underway there remains much to do. There’s been an incredible…


Hurricane Sandy – Northeast Coast, USA (October 29, 2012)

Molly Bull, Senior Communications Manager, Microsoft Disaster Response As has been widely reported, Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the U.S. East Coast, with extensive shut-downs and evacuations from Washington D.C. to New York.  Microsoft is closely monitoring the situation, and has already taken several actions including publishing its disaster response ReadyReach information portal. This…


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,…