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Facebook launches 'disaster map' to share data with relief organisations

Facebook to share disaster information with trusted organisations that have capacity to act on data

IANS  |  San Francisco 

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Three types of maps to be provided during disaster response efforts are; location density maps, movement maps and safety check maps

has introduced to help organisations address a critical gap in the information they often face while responding to

Based on the aggregated location information users have chosen to share with Facebook, three types of maps; location density maps, movement and maps, are to be provided during response efforts.

"We can help response organisations paint a more complete picture of where affected people are located to determine where resources like food, water and medical supplies are needed and where people are out of harm's way," explained Molly Jackman, Manager at Facebook, in a blog post.

Location density show where people are located before, during and after a to help response organisations understand areas impacted by a natural disaster.

Movement maps illustrate patterns of movement between different neighborhoods or cities over a period of several hours to allow responders to better allocate resources regionally.

maps are based on where our community uses the feature to notify their friends and family that they are safe during a disaster.

is stated to share this information with trusted organisations that have the capacity to act on the and respect privacy standards, starting with UNICEF, the International Federation of the and Red Crescent Societies and the

"Over time, we intend to make it possible for additional organisations and governments to participate in this program. All applications will be reviewed carefully by people at Facebook, including those with local expertise," stated Jackman.

First Published: Thu, June 08 2017. 14:04 IST