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Facebook introduced its Safety Check feature in October 2014 to enable users to let friends and family know they were safe during natural disasters, acts of terrorism or other crisis situations. Starting Wednesday, Safety Check can do even more.
The social network began rollout out a new feature for Safety Check, Community Help, which it initially announced at its Social Good Forum in New York last November.
Community Help enables users to either offer or locate assistance such as food, shelter or transportation during times of crisis, and Facebook vice president of social good Naomi Gleit said in a Newsroom post announcing its launch that the feature will initially be available for natural and accidental incidents, such as earthquakes or fires, starting in the following countries “for the first couple of weeks”: U.S.,