Facebook launches maps to help tackle natural disasters


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook has introduced disaster maps to help organizations address critical gap in information they often face while responding to natural disasters, reported news agency.

Based on the aggregated location information users have chosen to share with Facebook, three types of map — location density map, movement map and safety check map — are to be provided during disaster response efforts.

“We can help response organizations 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, Public Policy Research Manager at Facebook, in a blog post.

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