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”Safety Check” New facebook feature that notifies your friends and family your are safe during a disaster

By Nixon Kanali


Have you ever been in a tight situation? found yourself in the middle of disaster or crisis? and most of the time you are not in a position to tell your family or loved ones that you are safe, well, there is a solution for you.

Facebook  is launching a tool that will let you notify friends and family that you are safe during or after natural disasters.

Dubbed ”Safety Check”, the feature will provide a helpful tool that people can use when major disasters strike.

” Safety Check will help you will Let friends and family know you’re safe, Check on others in the affected area and also Mark your friends as safe” a statement on facebook newsroom blog said.

Here is how it works:

When the tool is activated after a natural disaster and if you’re in the affected area, you’ll receive a Facebook notification asking if you’re safe.

We’ll determine your location by looking at the city you have listed in your profile, your last location if you’ve opted in to the Nearby Friends product, and the city where you are using the internet.

If we get your location wrong, you can mark that you’re outside the affected area.

If you’re safe, you can select “I’m Safe” and a notification and News Feed story will be generated with your update. Your friends can also mark you as safe.

If you have friends in the area of a natural disaster and the tool has been activated, you will receive a notification about those friends that have marked themselves as safe. Clicking on this notification will take you to the Safety Check bookmark that will show you a list of their updates.

If you’re ever in a situation that would require you to use Safety Check, we hope it’s a tool that helps you stay connected to those you care about, and gives you the comfort of knowing your loved ones are safe.

The tool will be available worldwide to all the social network’s 1.3 billion users on both on computers and mobile devices.


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