Google has added a number of emergency features to Maps and Search. SOS Alerts have been developed with the aim of delivering important updates to users during major disasters. These include maps, news reports, emergency phone numbers and translations of local phrases. The company says “major natural, manmade, or humanitarian disasters” will activate the alerts, but it “can’t guarantee that you’ll see an SOS Alert for every major crisis”.

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