Residents in Brussels Use #Opendoor to Offer Assistance After Attacks
Following a series of suicide bombings at an airport and subway train in Brussels, people took to Twitter to help each other out. Just as with the French community during the Paris attacks of last year, the Belgian community is coming together on social media during their moment of crisis.
Under various hashtags, residents are offering shelter to those affected by the attacks.
#PorteOuverte, which means “open door,” #ikwilhelpen, translated to “I want to help,” #Opendoor, #Openhouse, and #BrusselsWelcome are hashtags being used to help people that are stranded.
— SebastienPensis (@SebastienPensis) March 22, 2016
— Annelies De Weerdt (@anneliesdwt) March 22, 2016
— Juliette Sanchez-L. (@JSanchezLambert) March 22, 2016
— Vince Bulté (@VINCEBULTE) March 22, 2016
After flights were cancelled and diverted, and public transportation was shutdown, people went on Twitter to offer assistance.
— Greet Mandelings (@gmandelings) March 22, 2016
— Sylvain Lapoix (@SylvainLapoix) March 22, 2016
Meanwhile, Facebook has activated its Safety Check feature, where people can mark if they are safe following the attacks.
Safety Check was first used in April 2015 after the devastating earthquake in Nepal and was also activated during the Paris attacks.
At least 31 people were killed and dozens were left wounded after the attacks in Brussels. The capital is on lockdown and on high alert.
Meanwhile, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.