Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Facebook expands Safety Check to help people offer community aid like food and shelter, now live in US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Saudi Arabia
In times of crisis, connecting is more important than ever. Today we’re announcing an update to Safety Check, called Community Help, that lets people find and give help such as food, shelter and transportation after a crisis.
Our belief is that the community can teach us new ways to use the platform. We saw people using Facebook to tell friends and family they were OK after crises, so in 2014 we launched Safety Check to make that behavior even easier. Since then, Safety Check has been activated hundreds of times, but we know we can do more to empower the community to help one another.
With Community Help people can find and give help, and message others directly to connect after a crisis. Posts can be viewed by category and location, making it easier for people to find the help they need.