Saturday, November 3, 2012

Microsoft Update: Supporting Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts - November 2nd 2012

By: Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft
Reposted from Microsoft Corporate Citizenship Blog

Our thoughts and best wishes are with all those impacted by Hurricane Sandy which earlier this week left a devastating trail across the eastern region of the United States. While relief and recovery efforts are well underway there remains much to do.

There’s been an incredible response from individuals and corporations in supporting nonprofits and government agencies undertaking relief efforts.

Microsoft has been closely supporting our impacted employees in the region, while our Disaster Response team has been providing support and services for first responders, nonprofit relief agencies, customers and partners, and citizens in the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

From a corporate perspective, we have committed cash donations to the American Red Cross and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City along with in-kind donations of software, hardware and services to support relief efforts, altogether totaling $2.5 million.

We’re continuing to work closely with a number of nonprofits who are actively responding including:
The Microsoft ReadyReach portal is providing the latest information on how and where to donate goods, support nonprofit relief agencies, and access resources on aid and assistance.
We’re committed to continuing to support the incredible work being done on the ground to restore services and help people recover.

For all the latest news and information on post-storm efforts follow FEMA.
Another great resource is the American Red Cross’s Hurricane App. It provides great information about hurricanes, what to do immediately afterwards, and location-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) alerts.

Access the ReadyReach portal to find out ways you can help.

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