When disaster strikes, people turn to social media to communicate with their loved ones, give information about what’s happening and provide guidance to those in need. In fact, in 2011, during the horrible disaster in Fukushima, Japan, over 12.5 million people where affected nationwide.
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Twitter seemed to dominate the field, until today, when Facebook announced its Safety Check Tool, designed for anyone who may find himself or herself in they epicentre of a disaster. This new feature aims to help all those affected connect with friends and loved ones during time of crisis and let them know whether they’re safe.
The idea first emerged after Facebook‘s engineers in Japan developed Disaster Message Board which helped users communicate with each other during the events in Fukushima and it was met with overwhelming success.
Now, Facebook takes this first initiative a step further, by releasing an easy-to-use tool that will help all those affected communicate when this matters most. Here’s how it works; When users are near a disaster, Facebook sends them a notification asking them whether they’re safe. If a user clicks on “I’m safe“, all his loved ones will be notified instantly. In addition, Safety Check will let you know whether your friends nearby are safe as well.
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