November 19, 2013 (OTTAWA)
On November 8 Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines) slammed into the Philippines. Measured as the most powerful tropical cyclone ever recorded, it lashed the country with winds over 300km/h, a 40 foot storm surge, and torrential rain fall. When the storm dissipated it left behind flattened cities, thousands of fatalities, billions of dollars in damage, and an estimated 11 million people homeless.
Aid and assistance has been arriving: food, water, medical supplies, and shelter are all critical to helping survivors stabilize and rebuild their lives. Meanwhile, damaged communications infrastructure has made it difficult for family, friends, and loved ones in the Philippines and abroad to contact each other and assure each other that they are safe as they rebuild.
Now, with generous support from Twilio, Hushed is making it easier for family and friends to connect with survivors in the Philippines. Hushed is offering a free Philippines Storm Relief Program including 14-day phone number subscription with 30 minutes of free talk time to help connect people in the Philippines. The free crisis calling subscriptions are used in conjunction with the Hushed private calling app for iOS and Android. Hushed app bypasses traditional phone lines by using wifi and cellular data networks which are more resilient allowing broader coverage to Filipinos in areas damaged by the typhoon.
As the Philippines rebuilds Hushed hopes that helping connect people and increase communication between family members will ease the strain of the disaster and make it easier for information and news to flow between those in the crisis and those abroad.
Hushed Crisis Calling to the Philippines
Hushed Free 14-day private number with 30 minutes of free talk-time to Philippines
- Download the HushedApp – IOS or Android
- Register a new account
- Select Redeem Code
- Enter code “YolandaPH”
- Select a number
- Call the Philippines
Hushed is a FREE Android and iPhone Phone app that lets you create multiple private numbers to place voice calls and send SMS messages to contacts anonymously. Hushed offers local numbers in over 40+ countries with pay-as-you-go plans starting at $1.99 and $0.015/minute talk time. With over 250,000 downloads Hushed is the choice whether you’re looking for a private number for business or personal calling.