The 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal yesterday left more than 1,000 people dead and more still missing. Google’s Crisis Response division announced it’s using the company’s person-finding tool, which connects emergency responders with friends and loved ones of missing persons, to aid in the aftermath of the disaster. It’s currently tracking about 1,400 people in the country and counting. Visitors can type the name of whom they’re looking for into a search box, or text “search [name]” to +91-9773300000 in India or +1-650-800-3978 in the United States.
Google Person Finder gathers information from responders and individuals, who can upload information for a missing person or someone who has been found, helping people locate each other. The search giant has deployed the tool before in times of disaster.
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Facebook is also offering a person-finding tool, but in reverse: If you are in the affected area, you can mark.
Here’s how you can tell your friends you’re safe via Facebook
Screenshot of the Facebook Home page of a user in the affected area.
Facebook’s recently launched feature now enables you to inform your loved ones of your ‘safety status’ in the Nepal Earthquake.
‘Safety Check’, a feature launched by Facebook in October 2014, tracks people in the affected areas by looking at your profile info and updates, and the city where you are using the internet. If you’re in the affected areas, it’ll ask you to update your safety status.
It then generates a News Feed in your name to inform your Facebook friends whether you’re safe or in need of help.
Apart from the auto tracking Facebook’s Safety Check also allows you to manually update your location if you’re in the affected areas.
The idea of this tool emerged after social media played a crucial role in keeping people connected during the devastating 2011 Japan Tsunami.
Safety Check is available globally on Android, iOS, and desktops so log on to your closest platform and let your friends know you’re safe!
With Safety Check you can check upon your friends and also mark the ones you’re sure about as safe.