Your phone’s nothing less than a lifesaver

Dubai: With unanticipated emergency situations and natural disasters occurring rather frequently around the world, mobile technology is what most people instinctively turn to when dialling for help.

Since the advent of smartphones, dozens of emergency apps have emerged with the aim of helping people communicate in a faster and more affective way in times of crisis.

One recently introduced feature on Facebook that was created after the Paris attacks, which killed 127 people in October of 2014, is the Safety Check tool. This feature automatically sends users in disaster areas a message asking about their status and safety. Notified users then have an option to click yes, to let their friends and family know they are okay on Facebook. Read more...