For many people, social media is the easiest way to connect with friends and family, which is why Facebook Safety Check was recently introduced to help people stay in touch, particularly when disaster strikes. There are several standalone apps and services out there that will help to connect victims of natural disaster with family members, but as one of the largest social networks out there right now, it's significant that Facebook is expanding its horizons to include features for communicating for the purposes of safety.
When disaster strikes, the tool automatically takes note of the affected areas and prompts users to notify their friends and family members that they are safe. The Safety Check feature also shows how many other friends are in the affected area, safe or have yet to respond to Safety Check's prompts.
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