Town Square

Post a New Topic

New Facebook apps to spearhead emergency support

Original post made on Mar 2, 2012

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.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 2, 2012, 8:45 AM

Comments (3)

 +   Like this comment
Posted by s
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
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.


 +   Like this comment
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.


 +   Like this comment
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.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Opening alert: Zola, in downtown Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 1 comment | 3,498 views

Middle Class Scholarship for incomes up to $150,000!
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 5 comments | 2,409 views

Men Are Good For Three Things
By Laura Stec | 21 comments | 2,357 views

Two creative lights depart Palo Alto, leaving diverse legacies
By Jay Thorwaldson | 2 comments | 1,353 views

Reducing Council Size? Against
By Douglas Moran | 11 comments | 1,020 views