Google’s new SOS Alerts can help you in a crisis

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A new service has been launched by Google called ‘SOS Alerts’.

The service will provide vital information that can be used at times of crisis or natural disaster.

The information will appear at the top of search results or in Google Maps.

Google can identify users who could be affected by their location or search topic.

The user will see maps, top stories, the necessary emergency contact numbers as well as helpful phrases that may be useful – all relevant results will have the SOS Alert icon next to them.

When Google recognises that you are in an affected area, a push notification will be sent direct to your phone which will include any valuable information available at the time.

If you are further away but still searching for information on the crisis, important information such as contact numbers and information regarding donations will be available.

As is the case with Google Maps, the service will have its own alerts.

Yossi Matias, Google’s vice president of engineering, said in a blog post: “As we’ve developed our crisis response products, we’ve worked closely with organisations and government agencies that are on the front lines of relief efforts, including the Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema), the Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration and many others.”

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