Facebook updates crisis response tools, adds WhatsApp integration
Facebook is expanding Crisis Response, its diaster-reporting and communications feature that’s been used in 300 crises in over 80 countries. The company today is announcing several new features, including WhatsApp integration, support for first-hand information sharing, and an expansion of its “Data for Good” tools for things like better disaster and displacement maps.
Crisis Response originally grew out of a handful of features that help family, friends, and communities support one another in the wake of a disaster. A couple of years ago, Facebook organized these tools — like Safety Check, Community Help, and Fundraisers — all under a centralized “Crisis Response” centralized hub.