Facebook users affected by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 had the option of letting family and friends know they were safe using the new Safety Check feature on their smart phones. I was relieved to see a Safety Check update from my cousin, who lives in Pasadena, Texas and was affected by the storm.

Safety Check is now integrated into the Facebook mobile app; previously, the feature was activated only after several people in a location posted about an incident.

Here in the West Central Mountains, we’re most likely to see a wildfire incident in the list of disasters. But we have friends living around the country, even overseas, and this app allows you to reach out to faraway friends affected by a disaster or incident to check on them.

To find the app, tap the Menu icon on your phone and scroll down until you see Safety Check. Once you open Safety Check you’ll see a list of disasters around the world. Tapping on the one affecting you allows you to tell your Facebook friends you’re safe or need help, search for friends in the affected area, and view available fundraisers.


About the author

Rebecca Wallick

Rebecca is a freelance writer and publisher living near McCall, Idaho. A Seattle native and recovering attorney, she much prefers the quiet, slow pace, and distinct seasons of the West Central Mountains, enjoying the skiing, hiking and running opportunities provided by the nearby Payette National Forest. Rebecca is a Contributing Editor with Bark magazine, and the author of Growing Up Boeing: The Early Jet Age Through the Eyes of a Test Pilot’s Daughter (Feb 2014).

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