Google SOS Alerts in Search, Maps, to Keep People Safe

New Google SOS Alerts will appear in search, as well as Google Maps, telling users about dangers and crisis situations all over the globe…

When a crisis unfolds, people need timely, actionable information. To provide such crucial updates, new Google SOS Alerts will appear in search and on Google Maps, the company announced today.

Google SOS Alerts Safety Measures to Appear in Search and Maps

During a crisis, be it a natural disaster or other dangerous event, Google SOS Alerts will pop up. Information will include emergency phone numbers, websites, translations, top news stories, and more. If users are near the event, they might receive mobile notifications. For users outside the affected area, SOS Alerts will appear in sae

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The SOS Alerts will also appear on Maps to inform users. “Google Maps on mobile can also show SOS Alerts. In Maps, you’ll see a specific icon on the map and a tappable card with more information about the crisis, such as helpful phone numbers and websites. The map will also include real-time updates, like road closures and traffic and transit updates,” Yossi Matias, VP of Engineering, explains.

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Google states it is working with the Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA, as well as many others, like the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. The search giant also has other crisis response tools, which include Google Person FinderGoogle Crisis Map and Google Public Alerts.

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