Tech Industry Responds With Katrina Relief

    September 8, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

Some of the biggest names in technology and media have made inroads on helping victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Efforts big and small have sprung up as Americans nationwide demonstrate the greatness of this country. Whether it is children selling lemonade or neighbors holding fund-raising rummage or bake sales, the grass roots efforts have happened everywhere.

On the other end of the scale, efforts by several big companies, well-known names in the public eye, have taken place. We noted yesterday the metasearches Lycos and Yahoo have established to help people locate missing persons. Some other initiatives have arisen as well.

Microsoft staffers established Katrina Safe in four days, according to a Seattle Times report. The site helps people locate missing persons, and allows evacuees to register themselves and their current location. Visitors can hit a link to the Red Cross to make donations.

MediaPost noted how established a team of volunteers to handle an influx of calls and emails from the public. Over 1,000 people contacted CNN to be added to a “Safe List” while volunteers personally responded to over 7,000 emails.

Others have made direct contributions. IBM, which recently announced version 7 of Notes and Domino, committed $1 million to first-stage relief efforts. That included providing FEMA with software and hardware to facilitate evacuee tracking. Intel and HP each made initial donations of $1 million to relief work as well.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.