The social network giant Facebook is adding a WhatsApp button for its crisis response tool, its disaster-reporting and communication facility where a user requests or helps during an emergency. The device is currently being used in 300 crises in over 80 countries.
The new facility will allow people in affected areas to provide real-time information related to any disaster, TechCrunch.com reported on Tuesday.
Previously, responses to requests on Facebook’s crisis response pages could only be sent with Facebook Messenger.
The update allows social networks to provide this information to state and local authorities, as well as federal relief agencies such as the National Alliance for Direct Relief and Public Safety GIS Foundation.
Facebook is also expanding its data for Good Tools, using its data to provide relief organizations based on the data collected, where data is supplied, distributed.
Additionally, in collaboration with agencies such as the International Displacement Monitoring Center, Facebook is making its disaster maps more accurate.
The new features will allow sharing of photos and videos within the Crisis Response Center on Facebook.
Crisis response originally evolved from some facilities helping family, friends, and communities support each other in the wake of a disaster.