I live in Texas, but I have family in California, Maryland, Virginia, Alabama and Louisiana, not to mention family members who travel abroad frequently and regularly. So, when disaster strikes, I want to know they are okay … immediately.
Facebook has a solution for that. Introducing Facebook Safety Check.
Safety Check is a new tool from Facebook that will help loved ones communicate quickly and easily in a major disaster or crisis. It will:
- Let friends and family know you’re safe
- Check on others in the affected area
- Mark your friends as safe
It’s private too, so only your friends will see your status and comments.
Facebook figures out where you’ve been by the cities you have listed in your profile and where you’ve used the Internet last. If you’re in the area where a disaster has struck, then you’ll receive a Facebook notification asking if you’re safe.
- If you’re not in that area, you can select that.
- If you are in the area and you’re okay, you can select “I’m Safe” and a notification and Newsfeed story will update your friends.
While I hope I have no cause to use this service anytime soon, I’m wholeheartedly on board. Anything we can do to ease communication during major disasters is a plus, in my opinion. So, while sometimes Facebook uses our information for nefarious advertising purposes … other times it uses it for good.