Louisiana Floods – 2016
Over the course of two days in August 2016, areas of northern Louisiana received over 18 inches of rain casing widespread flooding. More than 140,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, and over 250,000 people were impacted. In response, Microsoft donated technology and financial support, and activated employee giving to support the relief efforts. In addition, Microsoft provided an Azure grant to the Baton Rouge Food Bank, helping it to sustain operations after losing its entire IT infrastructure to the floods.
Nepal Earthquake – 2015
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 26, 2015, killing more than 3600 people and injuring more than 6500. Microsoft quickly responded in an effort to reconnect the communities, and mobilized 100+ local Microsoft Student Partners and staff. Equipped with Microsoft Lumia smartphones and Skype calling capabilities, they provided free international Skype calling to allow victims to connect with family and friends. Microsoft also provided charging stations, wi-fi hot spots, and TV White Space kits to restore connectivity for displaced people and responders, enabling them to communicate and access vital information. Information management and mobile technologies were also deployed to support recovery operations, and education services.
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