In 2012 alone we witnessed natural disaster including floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and wildfires endanger global populations at a frightening pace. In such situations, it is more critical than ever that that citizens have the tools they need to get help, give help, and connect with loved ones, and mobile technologies have emerged as an important tool for communicating when disaster strikes.
HelpBridge, a free new disaster response app, was launched on January 16th to support natural disaster victims in three ways:
Connect: If you or your family is impacted by a disaster, HelpBridge simplifies the process of notifying groups of people simultaneously by sending an email or SMS message to preselected groups of people and posting a message to Facebook. It also allows the option of sharing your GPS coordinates so that message recipients will know where you are and the conditions surrounding you.
Donate: HelpBridge makes donating easy by connecting those that wish to help with some of the world’s leading disaster relief organizations. It provides multiple ways to help, including text-to-give donations, larger contributions via PayPal and goods donations.
Volunteer: HelpBridge matches volunteers with opportunities nearby so people that wish to assist disaster areas can contribute time and energy to supporting those most in need.
HelpBridge is currently available on Windows Phone and Android platforms and will soon be available on the Apple iPhone as well. Learn more and download the app to ensure that disaster preparedness is always part of your plan.