Microsoft Hopes to Ease Coordination During Disasters with HelpBridge

Posted on January 18, 2013 8:30 AM by Rob Williams

Being caught in the middle of a disaster is undoubtedly one of the worst things a person could experience, and it’s made worse when you’re frantically trying to get in contact with family or help. Microsoft hopes to make that hassle a bit easier on anyone who finds themselves in the midst of a disaster with “HelpBridge“, an app available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.


The idea behind HelpBridge is to allow people to setup the app before disaster strikes, and once it does, choosing a couple of simple questions is all that’s needed to notify everyone you need to by e-mail and Facebook. If you’re in need of help, you can choose the option for that as well, or vice versa, you can quickly access other options that allow you to either donate to disaster relief organizations, or volunteer your time.

Judging by the app pages for each respective platform, it seems that HelpBridge is hit or miss overall. However, if you live in an area that’s even remotely prone to experience a disaster, it still looks like a great option to check out. Hopefully, Microsoft will continue to support it and patch up the bugs that linger.

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