We all know that one of these days a big earthquake is going to wreak havoc around here, or at least scare the crap out of us. Are we prepared? Probably not. But here's one easy thing you can do: Microsoft just launched a new mobile app called HelpBridge
The app lets you assemble a list of friends and family members you'd want to contact in an emergency, and when disaster strikes you can quickly send multiple texts or emails to call for help or to let everybody know you're okay. You can post an emergency message on your Facebook timeline (because that'st he first thing you'd want to do in a natural disaster -- check Facebook!) and you can even send out your location via your phone's GPS so people can find you.
The app also lets you easily donate to aid organizations if -- instead of needing
help -- you want to give
help in a disaster. HelpBridge works on iPhone, Android, and of course Windows Phone 8 (because it's from Microsoft) and it's free. Read more here.
Here's a Microsoft video explaining the app: