According to the World Health Organization, every year natural disasters kill 90,000 people and affect close to 160 million people worldwide. Natural disasters range from earthquakes and hurricanes to floods, heat waves and wildfires.
In the midst of chaos, there is a huge disconnect between people’s needs and available resources. Often times, people solely rely on their government to alleviate the situation. However, there is not enough man power to go around. People’s humanity is tested, and the desire to help others is even stronger in times of need.
Our goal is to help people connect to each other by matching their needs with resources in their community during a disaster. We want to leverage civic technology to empower cities and their citizens become more resilient in these dire moments.
Our solution creates an app marketplace where people in need can access real-time resources provided by the government and civilians, such as information about available emergency shelters, medical services, goods and supplies, and other necessities. Our platform mobilizes volunteers who have the time and resources to help others, enabling them to respond to requests in their community. The app is especially advantageous in areas with low internet connectivity, as it allows users to send and receive updates via SMS.
- Map visualizes information and resources as they become available
- Peer-to-peer communication between people in need and people offering help
- Android and iOS compatibility
- Offline text messaging services