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Facebook 'Safety Check' Will Help You Tell Friends And Family You're Safe During Natural Disasters

Facebook 'Safety Check' Will Help You Tell Friends And Family You're Safe During Natural Disasters

by Brad MerrillOctober 16, 2014

Facebook has announced a new feature called Safety Check that will allow users to broadcast their health and location during natural disasters.

The new feature will be available on the Web, iOS, Android, and feature phones. When a user appears to be within an affected area, Facebook will send an alert or push notification asking if they’re okay, and prompting them to share their status with friends. The Safety Check dashboard also shows users which of their friends are also within the affected area and which of them have marked themselves as safe on Facebook.

Once a user says they’re okay, their friends will be notified. Users can also use the feature on behalf of friends and family who may not have access to Facebook at the moment—marking them as safe so their friends don’t have to worry.

Of course, this isn’t a feature any of us want to need or use, but it could prove to be an effective communication tool for natural disasters. Peace of mind about the safety of loved ones is always nice to have.

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Brad Merrill
Brad Merrill is the founder and former editor of VentureBreak.