Today has been and continues to be a traumatic day for the Philippines as water continues to pour down on most of Luzon, causing extreme floods, landslides and casualties. Still fresh from the wounds of Ondoy, yet we are in a state of calamity once again. I can not express how fortunate and thankful I feel to be safe in my home where the weather is calm and forgiving, but it’s making me wish I was up there lending a helping hand. I’ve been through a fair share of scary flood trouble back in 2009, and it’s made me panic at the sight of rain ever since. I can only imagine the fear in everyone’s hearts right now. I’ve been glued to my twitter feed the whole day and it has been overflowing with news of help, trouble, distress, but most significantly inspiration and hope.
I will forever be in awe of all of the impassioned people striving to help others while they themselves are in the midst of adversity. The Filipino is truly something else. There are so many inspiring people who’ve struck me positively today. One of them is Divine Lee. She’s a local celebrity who I regarded as just another funny, well-dressed and well-off personality up until today. From the minute I woke up in the morning up to right about now, she has been making her own relief efforts NON STOP. While people were still in shock and panic, she brilliantly stood up and made a difference, gathering her friends and making a mini-call center, asking her thousands of followers if they needed any assistance, and calling every single person who asked to be helped. She gathered relief goods, trucks, volunteers and was even suspended a couple of times on twitter for replying to everyone’s concerns. Her dedication and eagerness to help is just beyond amazing. It is because of people like her that people in need find hope, and people in fear find strength and mobility. Hopefully we can find it in ourselves to help in any way we can, be it through offering clothes, food, medication or volunteering on the front lines.
Today we find ourselves in desperation and fear, but tomorrow we will stand strong and united, just like we did the last time.
Here are some of the ways to get info and help:
If you know anyone in need of immediate rescuing/evacuation assistance, tweet #RescuePH
If you know anyone in need of aid (clothes, medicine, milk etc.), tweet #ReliefPH
Project Noah: noah.dost.gov.ph
Twitter Accounts to Monitor:
@govph- Official PH Government portal
@nababaha – Project Noah
@mmda & @MMDATweets – Metro Manila Development Authority
@philredcross – Philippine Red Cross
@dost_pagasa – PAGASA
@DOTCPhilippines – for public transportation concerns
@meralco – for power/electricity concerns
@DSWDserve – for evacuation centers
@Rescue5PH – rescue team by TV5
@MarikinaPIO – efforts for Marikina City
@PTVph – PTV 4
@NDRRMC_Opcen – National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council
Crowd-sourced documents for Rescue Ops:
Donate directly to Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate
via paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Smart subscribers may send donations to Red Cross via SMS. Text RED to 4143.
Globe subscribers may just text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe).
For Globe Gcash users, text DONATE < amount > MPIN SLB to 2882 (e.g. DONATE 100 1234 slb)
You can donate the ff. denominations:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Take note of these EMERGENCY HOTLINES
Here is a list of EVACTUATION CENTERS AND RELIEF OPERATIONS in Metro Manila where you can drop by and help
Keep in mind that after wading in flood waters, you need to take 2 100mg DOXYCYCLINE capsules as soon as possible. Take them for 3-5 days if you have any open wounds that were exposed to the water and consult a doctor if you get other symptoms.
If you have any more suggestions, please leave a comment below and spread the word. Let’s all try to help in any way we can.
*info from Yugatech, twitter, GMA News and others