As Cyclone Vardah makes its landfall in Chennai, Facebook has enabled the Safety Check feature. The feature allows people to notify their friends and family if they are in the affected area and mark themselves as safe. A click or tap on the “I’m Safe” button lets people mark themselves safe straight away. Users can also check to see whether their friends are safe too. Also Read - Happy Friendship Day 2021: How to send Friendship Day wishes Stickers on WhatsApp
According to a Facebook post by weather blogger Pradeep John, Cyclone Vardah will be the most severe to hit Chennai in the last 22 years. He wrote, “The city will witness winds raging at 100 kmph when cyclone vardah makes landfall. The last time the winds exceeded this mark was in 1994,” and added that another cyclone to have made a landfall close to Chennai was Nilam in 2012 near Mahabalipuram. Also Read - Facebook is finally bringing 'smart glasses' in collaboration with Ray-Ban
Since yesterday, #CycloneVardah has been the top twitter trend. People on social media have been sharing alerts, helpline number, and status updates of the calamity.
— Amitabh Bachchan FC (@Thekkapoor) December 12, 2016
— TrendsinIndia (@TrendsinIN) December 12, 2016
#CycloneVardah state control room numbers for emergency/relief:
Tamil Nadu: 044-28593990
Andhra Pradesh: 0866-2488000
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) December 11, 2016
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu also tweeted asking people to stay indoors and be safe.
#cyclonevardah Please stay indoors and follow instructions We r ready to help
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) December 12, 2016
Many other celebrities and politicians also tweeted in the regards.
#CycloneVardah: TN Govt announces Amma Canteens will provide free food through today in Chennai.
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) December 12, 2016
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) December 12, 2016
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) December 12, 2016
Facebook’s Safety Check feature, launched in October 2014, has now been deployed on several occasions, including the November 2015 Paris attacks. Additionally, Facebook is also working on soon allowing its 1.2 billion users to automatically launch its Safety Check tool. According to a report by CNET, this change will allow the community to decide the urgency of the nearby danger, something Facebook has struggled to grasp. In the areas of immediate danger, Safety Check allows people to notify their family and friends that they are safe. This feature of Facebook has been used during natural calamities and terrorists attacks across world.
Lead image credit: Surendhar MK, Twitter