A new app from Microsoft available for Windows Phone, iOS and Android is trying to make emergency situations less stressful. Known as HelpBridge, the app has been smartly designed to make it easier to contact specific people during disasters with only the push of a button.
As Microsoft explains in the video, the app is split up into options that either alerts people that you’re ok, or that you need help. (Hopefully you’re ok.) When you do press either button, you’ll be able to share through email, SMS, or on Facebook. In addition, there are options that allow users to give help—donate money, goods, volunteer—during disaster situations.
The only problem with the app is that it’s open for use at all times—unlike location-specific or event-specific alternatives—opening it up to abuse. The overarching goal is noble; hopefully people will use it for its intended purpose.