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Facebook centralizes its crisis response tools in a new hub called Crisis Response

Facebook centralizes its crisis response tools in a new hub called Crisis Response
From TechCrunch - September 14, 2017

Facebook today is announcing a new feature called Crisis Response, designed to make it easier for people to find out more about recent crises and access various to tools to support recovery, including Safety Check, Community Help and Fundraisers. This trio of tools had previously existedthe difference is that all the resources will now be located in a single place.

The social network has been steadily upgrading its capabilities to connect people in the wake of a crisis or natural disaster.

In February, it introduced Community Help, which allows locals to find and offer assistance to victims of a disaster, including things like water, food, baby supplies, or even shelter. The feature was integrated into Facebooks Safety Check, the tool that lets you mark yourself as safe after a disaster, or check on the status of friends and family.

This June, Safety Check was expanded again, to include the ability to fundraise for disaster victims.

More recently, Safety Check appeared as its own option within Facebooks main navigation.

Now, Facebook is centralizing not only Safety Check, but also other tools in the new Crisis Response hub.

In addition to Safety Check, Community Help, and Fundraisers, the new destination will include more crisis-related content, too, like links to articles, photos, and videos from public posts that can help people learn more about the crisis. This information along with Safety Check activations may also appear in the News Feed, at times.

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