In the wake of the Paris attacks in 2015, a group of us in Creative Lab decided to try and figure out how Google could do more to help people in a crisis. The result was SOS Alerts – a new set of features that has been implemented across various Google products.
SOS Alerts help you quickly understand what’s going on and decide what to do.
In Search, SOS Alerts connect you to news, maps, updates from local authorities, emergency resources, and donation opportunities.
And in Maps, SOS Alerts provide live updates about what’s going on in the area, as well as direct access to emergency resources, such as hotline numbers.