Two of the biggest internet giants – Google and Facebook, have rolled out tools o help look for survivors in the recent Nepal earthquake tragedy.
Facebook rolled out a tool called Safety Check that will let you know if any of your friends are at the affected areas. Survivors will be able to log into Safety Check using their Facebook account, so that they can check and let their friends know that they’re safe. If you have friends or families in the affected area, Safety Check by Facebook will list them out, showing you whether they’re safe or not, so you can call out for help should you need to.
As for Google, the company has revived its Person Finder, that makes it easier to search for someone even if you’re not connected to the internet. A quick check at the Person Finder’s website lets you search for someone, or even report that someone you know is safe. The database is public and can be seen by anyone, but you’ll need to search for the person’s name or part of the name.
For those without any internet connectivity, you can also search for someone via SMS. For those in Nepal or India, just send “search <name>” to +91-9773300000 (international charges may apply from Nepal. US residents can also use the same query and send the text to +1 650-800-3978.