has rolled out an 'SOS alerts' feature in its search and Maps
to help users stay informed during crisis
situations. The feature is designed to push vital information, such as news, emergency contact numbers, updates etc, during emergency situations
like earthquake, tsunami, floods and other disasters in relevant search results
How the feature works
In case of an emergency, Google
users who are within or nearby the affected areas get notifications that take them to the search result page, which shows all vital information about the emergency – news, emergency contacts, updates etc -- along with Maps
of the affected areas.
People far from the affected area get to see similar information when they search about the crisis
or if they search for the affected location on Maps.