Innovation Takes on Hurricane Harvey


Once upon a time, The Motley Fool’s core values were selected by a committee of Fools working in roles across the business. These principles remain alive years later, continuing to “breathe throughout our culture and in each Fool’s daily actions.” The last few words ring especially true for Michele Hansen, a Foolish Product Manager who’s using innovation (one of our core values) to impact Hurricane Harvey’s relief efforts from afar.

Statistics show the grave effects of Hurricane Harvey, or what could be “the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.” Over five days, 49.32 inches of rain have hit Texas. Houston’s annual rain average is 49.77 inches, a number that puts the true devastation of Hurricane Harvey into perspective.

Michele and her husband, Mathias, a software engineer, were inspired to take action after seeing urgent messages with home addresses published on Twitter. In just 3 hours, the high-tech couple created a website to display the hardest hit areas so “…others can see very clearly where people need to be rescued.” With its high-tech mapping capabilities, Michele and Mathias’ tool is saving time for first responders and the Red Cross.

Even though success was found outside her “day job,” Fools are still praising Michele’s innovation. Multiple employees have expressed gratitude through our company’s internal reward tool, YouEarnedIt.
This platform is also utilized from a Foolanthropy perspective, allowing employees to redeem “gold” they have received for donations to support the efforts of All Hands Volunteers. If you, too, would like to support this organization and its work responding to Hurricane Harvey, please visit The Motley Fool’s fundraising page here.

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