Google launches SOS alerts in Maps and Search to help users during a crisis


Google has a bunch of programs that make life a little easier. Now it wants to take part in ensuring your safety, because it’s launched “SOS alerts” in Maps and Search to help users during a crisis. 

» RELATED: The new Google Maps tracker will ruin your lies about being late

The search engine site made the announcement this week, revealing that both apps will be providing alerts when a natural disaster or other catastrophe hits the area.

The notifications will appear at the very top of the search results and in Maps when a user looks for news about a particular incident. Both apps will give an overview of the event along with maps, news articles, websites, contacts and any other relevant info.

» RELATED: VIDEO: 7 hidden Google Maps features you never knew about 

And in Maps, you will get real-time updates about road closures and transit schedules. Google will also send you a message if you’re in a location where a disaster strikes. 

To create the service, Google partnered with a variety of organizations including the Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. 

It will be available on desktops and mobile apps on both iOS and Androids. 

» RELATED: How to use Google Street View to explore the fascinating International Space Station in all its glory


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Musicians pay tribute to young rapper Lil Peep after his tragic death
Musicians pay tribute to young rapper Lil Peep after his tragic death

New York SoundCloud rapper Lil Peep — whose real name was Gustav Åhr — passed away on Wednesday at the age of 21. He was reportedly found in an unresponsive state by his manager on his tour bus, according to The Guardian. In a video posted on Instagram just a few hours before his death, he said he had consumed...
Serena Williams shares wedding photos in new interview
Serena Williams shares wedding photos in new interview

Tennis icon Serena Williams married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans Thursday, and gave the first official photos to Vogue magazine to share. The ceremony was in front of 200 guests made up of family and friends -- Venus Williams, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian Anna Wintour, Ciara and the newlyweds’ 2-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia...
Tim McGraw weighs in on Blake Shelton’s new ‘sexy’ title
Tim McGraw weighs in on Blake Shelton’s new ‘sexy’ title

You can tell from Blake Shelton’s reaction to winning People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” honors that the award is one to be taken lightly. The tall and talented Okie has been appreciative yet modest about the recognition and, at times, he’s even self-deprecating. But his good friends, including Tim McGraw, have got his back...
Expert details how to best handle an active shooter situation
Expert details how to best handle an active shooter situation

Mass shootings have been becoming more common in America, with one happening nearly every week. But have you considered what to do if you're in a dangerous situation with someone opening fire and attacking you?  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a video recommending "run, hide, fight" for active shooter situations. WPXI...
Serena Williams marries Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans, reveals wedding dress
Serena Williams marries Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans, reveals wedding dress

Serena Williams is officially a married woman, according to reports. People reported that the tennis legend and her fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, were married Thursday in New Orleans. Reports bubbled this week that the pair was getting married at the Contemporary Arts Center.  E! News reported that the nuptials came two years...
More Stories