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Facebook to launch local government emergency alerts in US

While this isn't available in New Zealand, it's worth noting Facebook will be rolling out a new feature that lets local governments in the US send emergency alerts by the end of this year.

Facebook already provides Safety Check, which lets you inform others that you’re safe during an emergency, and Community Help, which offers aid during disasters.

If Safety Check is activated, Community Help then offers an additional step by providing a dedicated space to connect users during a disaster. Users can offer food, baby items, temporary shelter, and transportation – or put out a request for these if they’re in crisis.

How it works

When a government-operated Facebook page marks a post as a local alert, Facebook will amplify the post to followers in their news feeds, as well as send them notifications.

For those who don’t follow a page that sends emergency alerts, these will still be posted in ‘Today In’, Facebook’s local news hub.

Eligible groups and organisations can now apply to get access to local alerts.

Read more about Facebook’s local emergency alerts, or view our government-related posts.

By Jo Lo
Jo Lo

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Jo Lo

Jo is a digital producer at Pattern. Jo has a background in communication, and has worked as a producer and editor for organisations such as Les Mills International, Tailor, Auckland Libraries and XtraMSN/Telecom. From 2007-2009, Jo was the web editor for Taste and Metro magazines.