Whenever a disaster strikes, it often takes a few hours for the news to spread through different mediums and get attention. But, Google has planned to fasten things up.
According to digital updates, Google will speed up the process of alerting you about floods, fires and other disasters in search results and Google Maps locations. The feature is known as “SOS Alerts” and will show you related news articles, websites, emergency phone numbers and updates from local law enforcement/emergency teams.
The SOS Alerts will be handled by Google’s staff with the teams picking individual events to issue an alert for. Google does say that it won’t be able to cover everything:
While we can’t guarantee that you’ll see an SOS Alert for every major crisis, we aim to make them available more broadly over time.
According to Google, the alerts will also be issued for “human-caused crisis”. This means that terrorist attacks will also be alerted, however it wasn’t clearly mentioned in the company’s post.