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News - March 2, 2012

New Facebook applications to spearhead emergency support

Applications could help residents connect with friends and family in disasters

by Sue Dremann

Three Facebook applications designed to help people get support from their friends and family in an emergency are winners of a Facebook application challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Posted by s
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

Facebook, creepy big brother, seller of privacy, is trying to tweak its reputation pre IPO. What do they care about doing good? Answer nothing.

Truth is it is no longer hip and their huge database will soon contain a lot of old data.

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Posted by bill g
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 2, 2012 at 11:01 am

Palo Alto's Emergency Preparation program attempts to keep information on neighborhoods and their residents up-to-date. Contact your local Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinator and get involved with neighbor helping neighbor.

It's certain that 911 and other emergency facilities will be overwhelmed in a severe disaster. Neighborhood assistance will be much more effective than just notifying people in other areas of your needs.

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Posted by Cid Young
a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2012 at 9:26 pm

You might want to think beyond your Palo Alto "province" and think of the Global reach of F/B. When there is a bad accident on the other side of the Globe, such as Fukushima, wouldn't you be happy if there was a way to quickly look up and see if your friends or loved ones are alright?

I am a member of my Neighborhood CERT team, but when the '89 E/Q hit, I could not reach my husband who worked in the City, as the power was out there (That was B-4 Cell phones) but he was helping others at work at the SF MOMA, and I was stuck in the East Bay... so we did not re-unite until they re-opened the Bridges etc. the next day.

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