In an effort to provide a helping hand to people during natural disasters, Facebook introduced new measures on Thursday in India, which will help organisations with the information they need when responding to natural disasters. One of the features includes Disaster Maps. Data from this feature will be made available to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS), reports Scroll.in.
The feature will make it possible to prepare, respond, and recover faster in times of a natural disaster.
The announcement about rolling out several new measures was made at Facebook’s first annual Disaster Response Summit in New Delhi. Through the data from the Disaster Maps feature, organisations will be able to ascertain areas impacted by a natural disaster.
Another feature called Movement Maps will help with the pattern of movement in cities and the neighbourhood for several hours. This feature will inform people about evacuation, relief efforts in affected areas, and other helpful information. Another feature is Safety Check, which Facebook users can use to notify their friends and family about their safety during a disaster.
By introducing such measures, Facebook is using its platform to generate awareness, so that timely help is provided to the people in need. These measures will also pave the way for using mobile technology in disaster situations.