Google introduces SOS Alerts for crisis situations
Google is making it easier for users to stay safe and informed during a crisis
Google is putting safety on the map with the introduction of SOS Alerts within its most used services - Search and Maps.
The search engine giant is enhancing its Google Crisis Map feature which shows emergency information during natural, man-made and humanitarian disasters, with SOS Alert.
The tool gathers content from social media and Google products, such as News, Maps and Waze, allowing users to make a clear decision, this can then also be sent as mobile phone notifications.
When a user searches a location during a crisis, they will be automatically be updated with information on road closures, affected areas, emergency contact details and donation details.
Within Google Maps, users will see real-time information and icons showing the disaster and where more information can be found.
Google does however state that users will not see an alert for every crisis, due to internet connectivity factors, information from local authorities and what is occurring in the area. However Google plans to cover all types of disasters.
Crisis applications are not uncommon, already Facebook offers a similar service, dubbed Safety Check, which allows users to check-in as ‘I am safe' to let their friends and family know during a crisis.