Microsoft Disaster Response: Community Involvement

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2011 Japan Earthquake

On March 11, 2011 at 14.46 (local time), a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck 81 miles (130km) east of Sendai, the capital of Miyagi prefecture (Japan), followed by a 7 meter tsunami. We continue to monitor the situation and are deeply concerned about the devastating impact caused by the earthquake and tsunami. While it may be some time until the full impact has been assessed, Microsoft has activated our disaster response protocol and we continue to collaborate with our customers, partners, local government, inter-government and nonprofit agencies to develop solutions that can help.

Microsoft Support

To help support ongoing relief efforts, Microsoft has made a commitment of $2 million, which includes $250,000 in cash as well as in-kind contributions. Employees have already raised over $1,000,000 to support relief and rebuilding efforts in Japan.

Learn More

Several organizations are offering support to help victims of the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief. Here are a few ways you can help:

  • NetHope, a collaboration of the
    world’s leading humanitarian
    response organizations is
    mobilizing efforts to support
    aid agencies responding in the region.
  • World Vision is mobilizing in
    response to the earthquake and
  • AidMatrix is working with its
    partners to connect resources and
    material for various response efforts.
  • Mercy Corps is working with its partner Charity Peace Winds Japan to accept donations.

More Ways to Help:

Additional efforts we have underway include:

  • Continuing to work with customers, local government, inter-government and nonprofit agencies to support relief efforts. This includes offering free incident support and free temporary software licenses to all impacted customers and partners as well as lead governments, nonprofit partners and institutions involved in disaster response efforts.
  • Offering Windows Azure, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online at no cost for 90 days to help them resume operations more quickly while their existing systems return to normal.
  • Providing a cloud-based disaster response communications portal, based on Windows Azure, to governments and nonprofits to enable them to communicate between agencies and directly with citizens.
  • Supporting customers directly and providing localized tools such as the Outlook/Windows Live Hotmail rolling blackout calendar. The Microsoft Japan team is also working with partners to create local applications such as J!ResQ, which helps people to find family and friends and aids relief efforts.
  • Mobilizing our online properties to help provide information and drive donations. Bing, MSN, MSNBC and are all promoting links to relief efforts and our corporate disaster response page. Xbox Live is running PSAs for the American Red Cross, a new Bing Maps tool has been released to support relief agencies, and MSN has launched its Stand with Japan site.
  • Learn more about Microsoft humanitarian relief and disaster management efforts.

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