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Facebook Lite (Android, iOS) now includes Community Help, a crisis response hub used on the main Facebook app and website.

Community Help is available to more than 100 countries. The feature is in testing for natural and accidental disasters. Facebook hopes to extend the capabilities to man-made disasters like terrorism.

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Facebook launched Community Help last February to help people find help, and provide food, shelter, and transportation in an emergency. The platform itself is designed to perform in areas of low connectivity.

"Our priority is to build tools that provide people with ways to get the help they need to recover and rebuild after a crisis," Jeong-Suh Choi, Facebook Crisis Response Product Manager, said in a release. "By making Community Help available on Facebook Lite, even more people can get the help they need in times of crisis."

It makes sense to add Community Help to Facebook Lite, the storage and data-saving version of the main Facebook app. Facebook Lite is also designed to operate efficiently in 2G conditions and older devices, while still letting users get the whole social media experience.

Sometimes in crisis situations, everyone is trying to communicate and networks slow down. Using Facebook Lite and having the Community Help capabilities can let more people organize and communicate without bogging down the network.

The original Community Help feature gave users the option to "check in" on Facebook and let their loved ones know they are safe in an emergency. Users can create fundraisers and donate to causes as well.

To find Community Help on Facebook, open the app and tap the hamburger icon in the upper right corner. Scroll down and tap "see more." Crisis Response should have a little green, circular symbol next to it. The directions are similar on desktop, except the feature is in the left-hand sidebar.

In Community Help, users can stay up-to-date with emergencies around the world.

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Takeaways

  1. Facebook Lite added the Community Help feature to its app to still be able to help people with limited bandwidth and poor connectivity during emergencies.
  2. Community Help lets users help each other during disasters by donating money, food, shelter, transportation, and more.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.