Inspiration

This past month, California wildfires resulted in 300,000 people being evacuated and 3,000,000 being displaced due to power outages. Each year, millions of people are faced with the challenge of attaining food, shelter, and other basic necessities after being uprooted because of natural disasters. While there are resources available to those who have been displaced, there are not nearly enough to accommodate everyone, and there is no effective application that can help them find these resources...YET.

What it does

We created a nonprofit startup, Res-Q, that will solve these issues in two ways: First, it will connect evacuees to pre-existing medical resources and disaster relief organizations like the American Red Cross. However, since not everyone wants to live in these overcrowded communal living spaces after a catastrophe, we wanted to provide victims with an alternative. That is why our primary focus is to connect them to nearby businesses that will offer discounts and benefits to verifiable evacuees. Businesses that are screened by and registered with Res-Q have several incentives. First, and most importantly, these companies can contribute to easing the financial and physical discomfort of victims. This is an opportunity for corporate benevolence and community involvement. But they also can grow their customer base, increase revenue, and receive tax write-offs.

The Application will display a map of resources available for shleter, food, medical services and other benefits for affected people displaced from natural disasters. Users will be able to login and verify their Address as being inside the affected areas. The verification will be shown to businesses and vendors along with their state IDs to make it easy to determine who is an affected person.

How we built it

Advanced methods in React Framework (React.JS, Javascript, JSX)

MapBox API (used by Facebook and Snapchat) QR Code API, PG&E SDK API Photoshop for our icons, logo, etc GitHub use for collaborating in development Firebase Database: Back End to retrieve and store data

Strengthened our communication, time management, and teamwork skills.

Challenges we ran into

Challenges with the react framework connecting with our APIs and our builds synching with github. All fixed! Time was a big hurdle as there were many more features we wanted to include that would make the entire process easier for the general public.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We all learned the React Framework for the first time! We are all proud to have created this project, as the language and APIs were all learned on the fly.

What we learned

Advanced methods in React Framework (React.JS, Javascript, JSX)

MapBox API (used by Facebook and Snapchat) QR Code API, PG&E SDK API Photoshop for our icons, logo, etc GitHub use for collaborating in development Firebase Database: Back End to retrieve and store data

Strengthened our communication, time management, and teamwork skills.

What's next for Res-Q

After completion of the website, we will create our offline accessible mobile APP for iOS and Android. Register as a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization to begin contracts and plans with local county, state and federal government. We also plan to form relationships with medical groups and receive funding from government grants and fees so that Res-Q can continue to grow its services and serve the public by connecting evacuees to disaster relief.

Give our demo app a try: https://hackathon2019-4636a.firebaseapp.com/#/

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