HUFFINGTON POST
11/13/2015 06:08 pm ET Updated Jan 03, 2017

Parisians Can Use A Twitter Hashtag To Seek Shelter During Terrorist Attacks

#PorteOuverte means "Open Door."

As unspeakable tragedy continues to shake France’s capital, Parisians have launched the hashtag #PorteOuverte to offer shelter to those in need.

A man shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag-themed umbrella as he photographs London's iconic Tower Bridge, illuminated
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A man shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag-themed umbrella as he photographs London's iconic Tower Bridge, illuminated in blue, white and red lights, resembling the colours of the French national flag, in London on November 14, 2015, as Britons express their solidarity with France following a spate of coordinated attacks that left 128 dead in Paris on November 13. Islamic State jihadists claimed responsibility for a series of coordinated attacks by suicide bombers and gunmen in Paris that killed at least 128 people at a concert hall, restaurants and the national sports stadium. At least eight militants, all wearing suicide vests, brought unprecedented violence to the streets of the French capital in the worst attacks in Europe since the 2004 Madrid train bombings. The assault also left at least 250 wounded, 100 of them seriously. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Reuters reported late Friday night that at least 40 were killed and 60 were wounded in what appeared to be a series of coordinated attacks.

#PorteOuverte, now trending on Twitter, means "Open Door," and is an effort to allow those affected by the tragedy to find safety and refuge. 

A Google Map provides the locations of places that generous Parisians have called out as safe locations.

"WE ARE IN THE 2ND ARRONDISSEMENT. WE CAN HOST PEOPLE IF NEED BE. #OPENDOOR" the post reads.
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"WE ARE IN THE 2ND ARRONDISSEMENT. WE CAN HOST PEOPLE IF NEED BE. #OPENDOOR" the post reads.

At least one taxi driver is calling on other cabbies in the area to stop charging and offer to bring people home or to safety for free.

"Jean-Pascal, a taxi driver in Paris is calling on other taxi drivers to turn off their meters and bring people home. #shootout," the tweet reads.

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Facebook users in Paris are reaching out on the company's "Safety Check," an app that allows users to check in during disasters to alert friends and family that they are safe.

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