‘Safety Check’ offers calm after LIRR derailment
Some friends and family members of the people aboard yesterday's derailed LIRR train found solace on social media -- with Facebook's "Safety Check" feature.
After more than 100 people were injured in the crash, phones started lighting up around the borough with alerts from people who marked themselves safe.
Many people who were in the area -- whether they were at the Atlantic Terminal train station or nearby -- received alerts from Facebook asking them whether they were safe.
The Safety Check uses the Facebook app's tracking information to find people near a disaster, then prompts them to notify loved ones whether they are OK.
"Relatives or close friends can know that you are safe, instead of having the hassle or panic of calling all these people," says Yen Cheow, of Sunset Park. "They'll know just by going on Facebook."
Users can also opt out of the program, and information from Safety Check is shared only with your friends, not the public.