Twitter Debuts Emergency Alerts of Its Own
Twitter today announced Twitter Alerts, a tool for governments and other organizations to alert people about potential disasters or emergencies. Twitter said that alerts will show up on subscribers' phones as push and/or SMS notifications when Tweets are marked as alerts. Alerts look different from normal tweets in that they have an orange bell. According to Twitter, only select types of entities can issue alerts, including law enforcement; public safety agencies; and locate, state, and federal governments and their respective agencies. Organizations that believe they should be able to issue alerts are welcome to register with Twitter. Twitter thinks Twitter alerts will be best used to wan people of imminent danger, offer preventive instructions, provide evacuation directions, as well as disseminate information about essential resources, transportation, and utility disruptions.
Google Maps and Google Search Debut SOS Function
Jul 25, 2017
Google today announced its Google Maps and Google Search apps will soon show critical information regarding natural and other disasters that may strike. The SOS Alerts, as they are called, will appear at the top of search results and within maps as people look for information concerning the disasters or impacted areas.
Facebook to Share Real-Time Map Data with First Responders
Jun 8, 2017
Facebook this week said it plans to provide humanitarian and other aid organizations with real-time access to its maps during natural disasters and other emergencies. According to Facebook, it will strip user identities from its map data while still showing where people are moving, where people might be marking themselves as safe, and other, similar trending information.
Wireless Users May Eventually Receive Government 'Blue Alerts'
Dec 15, 2017
The FCC has added a new type of alert to the Emergency Alert System that is specifically meant for law enforcement officers and other first responders. Joining the Amber Alert and Silver Alert, the new Blue Alert can be used by state and local authorities to notify the public of threats to law enforcement and request help in apprehending suspects.
House Panel Says Stingrays Need Federal Guidelines
Dec 20, 2016
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a bipartisan panel, this week recommended that the federal government pass rules to manage the use stingrays and other cell-site simulating devices. The panel said in a report that law enforcement agencies have varying and inconsistent rules for the use of such devices.
Facebook Brings Crisis and Emergency Tools Under One Roof
Sep 14, 2017
Facebook today announced Crisis Response, a single spot where users will be able to find information about a range of natural and man-made disasters, weather events, and more. Crisis Response houses existing Facebook tools such as Safety Check, Community Help, and Fundraisers.