Facebook has a Safety Check feature that is activated whenever some sort of disaster happens anywhere in the world or when there is a terrorist attack. Using this Safety Check feature people can let their friends and loved ones know that they are safe.
This video explains how Community Help will work:
So far the feature has been one way. People could just let the world know that they are safe. Now Facebook has started Community Help – a feature that will allow people to ask for help or provide help in the times of emergency and natural disaster. In this blog post, Naomi Gleit, VP social good, Facebook, writes:
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.
We saw the community do this on their own through Groups and posts, like in the aftermath of the flooding in Chennai, India, in December 2015, but we knew we could do more. We also talked with experts, humanitarian relief organizations and our own in-the-field researchers to learn how to make it easier for people to find and give help.
Initially they are starting Community Help in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and Saudi Arabia and once kinks have been ironed out, it will be expanded to other countries too.
Facebook Community Help will be available for natural as well as accidental incidents such as earthquakes and large-scale fires.