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In times of emergency, locating your family and friends is a top priority. Microsoft's HelpBridge is a free app available on all the major mobile platforms that connects you with friends and family during a disaster such as an earthquake or a hurricane. It also lets you discover and donate to organizations involved in disaster response work, and find opportunities to volunteer. All that in one little app.
HelpBridge has no usage fees beyond your phone operator’s SMS fees and any donations you make. It is available on the Android, iOS, Windows Phone platforms. As of this publishing, the app only works in the U.S.
The main HelpBridge function is of course to make it easy for disaster victims to notify loved ones about their location and needs.
It does this by simultaneously:
All of this happens with a couple of clicks.
Here's what you should know about HelpBridge:
In addition, TechSoup offers a free disaster planning and recovery guide ebook, The Resilient Organization. It describes different ways that nonprofits, charities, and public libraries are using technology for disaster contingency planning. One new addition to the guide is a section on backing up your mobile phone or tablet, which is pretty useful in case of emergency.
Image: Microsoft's HelpBridge
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Microsoft's HelpBridge app is listed in an app store called TutuApp https://tutu-app.com/ and ranking #5th in business app so its actually doing pretty good in app chart.
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