Most people have heard about the horrific terror attacks that have taken place over the past few days in both Turkey and Belgium. First, on Saturday, a suicide bomber detonated himself in a busy tourist square in Istanbul Turkey, and about a week before that, a terrorist set off a car bomb in Turkey which killed 37 people. Then, yesterday, a horrific terror attack took place in Belgium at the Brussels airport, with an estimated 30 people dead, but they don’t have an official count yet. The world seems to empathize from afar in these types of difficult situations, but some companies are stepping up to help out and do what they can.
Almost all major telecom carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile,Verizon, Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Telus (Canadian), announced that they would offer free calls to those calling affected areas of Turkey or Belgium. This will help to put peoples’ minds at ease, as they will be able to talk to their loved ones without fear of incurring huge charges. Each company has a different period of time for which they are allowing the free calls, so if you want to use this opportunity, please check with your mobile carrier.
In addition, AirBNB enacted what it calls its “disaster response tool” which allows hosts to list their properties for free, and also waives the AirBNB service fees in affected areas, even for properties which aren’t free. This is a great service, since the airport in Brussels is closed, many people are likely stuck with no accommodations. Uber has also reported that it is waiving surge pricing despite the fact that their drivers are very busy in Brussels.
Facebook also activated its safety check feature which easily allows people who were near a disaster to mark themselves as safe, so loved ones can see in case they can’t get to a phone.
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