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Charlotte, North Carolina (June 11th, 2018) – Harmany Inc, a Charlotte-based mobile application startup, has developed a product to help thousands of evacuees rendered temporarily homeless by major disruptive events. The app safely matches evacuees with willing hosts for short stays of up to seven days.
It is free to download and use, and is now available for download on Android an iOS devices.
“People have grown tired of watching disasters unfold, with no way to help until much later,” says Harmany Co-Founder Adam Huminsky. “Harmany was created to give everyone the ability to make a difference in the moment.”
Evacuees and hosts create simple profiles detailing their needs and offerings. After completing a series of security measures, profiles are visible on an interactive map. Harmany believes secure matches can be made in as little as two hours.
“Sleeping in a gas station parking lot is not a viable option,” said Mr. Huminsky. “We thought there must be a better solution, and we believe this is it.”
David Paul, Chief Meteorologist, WTVY-TV, agrees. “Harmany fills a glaring need, that is, a way to connect those in need with those willing to help. The meteorological community has been waiting for a service like this for decades!”
In addition to finding safe shelter, Harmany believes there will be other benefits. Evacuations can often cost a family as much as $5,000* due to high demand for food, gas and hotel rooms. With shorter travel times and less crowding on the roads, Harmany believes surge pricing will decline.
Travel will be safer, too. “Public infrastructure has become increasingly vulnerable to unexpected events,” says Neil Burke, Professional Transportation Planner and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. “This tool will improve mobility and enhance safety for all users.”
Harmany was founded in September 2017 with a mission to connect people in need with people who care. Adam Huminsky and Brian Hilinski watched millions of evacuees fleeing Hurricane Irma and decided to do something to help. Harmany was recently a presenter at the National Tropical Weather Conference in Texas.
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Hurricanes on the Horizon, CBS – WTVY, May 2018: http://www.wtvy.com/content/news/Harmany-App-to-Launch-483643591.html