Resources available to check on loved ones in wake of Paris shooting

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- If your loved one is traveling in Paris, it's likely you're frantic to find out if they're safe.

There are several resources available to you.

First, Facebook has created a link to a new Safety Check for the Paris Attacks: it can be found here. If you are traveling or living in Paris, you can mark your safety status through the site. Then, your Facebook friends can access the link to check on you.

The "Safety Check" tool was launched in 2014 and has been used five times. This is the first time the feature has been used in a non-natural disaster setting. Facebook determines the location of a user in the area by "looking at the city you have listed in your profile, your last location if you've opted in to the Nearby Friends product, and the city where you are using the internet," according to its site.

WHNT News 19 reached out to UNA, Alabama A&M, UAH, and Oakwood University. Each of those schools' spokespersons told us there are no students studying abroad in Paris at this time.

These numbers are also good to know:

The US Embassy in France is looking to identify travelers. They have issued this warning, taken from the Embassy website:

November 13, 2015: The U.S. Embassy in Paris advises official U.S. personnel and U.S. citizens to shelter in place due to the terrorist attacks in the 10th and 11th arrondissements (districts) and the ongoing hostage situation at the Bataclan Theatre located at 50 Voltaire Boulevard in the 11th arrondissement.  U.S. citizens should heed local authorities and maintain security awareness.  France has declared a state of emergency which includes mobilization of security forces and closing its borders.

Emergency services provided by the Embassy can be found at this link.

There are also concerns bout the band playing a show at the attacked Paris concert venue, as well as the accompanying crew.

Eagles of Death Metal played a venue in Birmingham back in September. At least one of the band members is said to be from Nashville.