Google is to begin showing SOS Alerts in Search and Maps results giving details on disasters and latest information on how to help.
The tech giant said the alerts will appear when users search for locations currently experiencing a crisis or disaster and will show news stories and emergency telephone numbers.
Google said those located close to a crisis area may also receive notifications on their smartphone that directs them to information on the situation.
Google’s vice president of engineering Yossi Matias said: “In times of crisis, access to timely, actionable information is crucial.
“Working alongside trained responders and volunteers on the ground, technology plays a vital role in providing information to help keep you and loved ones safe and informed.
“SOS Alerts is a new set of features in Google Search and Maps to help you quickly understand what’s going on and decide what to do during a crisis.”
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