Posts Tagged ‘Ondoy’

Thanks to Technology

Last week during the Tropical Storm Ondoy, we relied on technology a lot.  As we all know, some of the cellular phones services we’re not available, even landlines, and even electricity.  For some few lucky people (including me) our electricity we’re not cut and my internet is still available.

We all know that, Twitter, Facebook, Plurk and other internet services saves a lot of people.  How?  Since these services can have a facility to share anything you want to say to the public, therefore the people shared what they see.

Based from different sources, (news, personal witnesses, etc.)  we see item such as:

  1. Missing Persons
  2. Weather Updates
  3. People that needed help
  4. Traffic Updates
  5. Needed item, volunteers or any other things for help
  6. News Update

Since these are like SMS (140 characters per twit) that you send to the whole world. We expect that all the information are clogged up and unorganized.  Some groups stepped up and created a site for a consolidated information (http://sites.google.com/site/ondoymanila/)

OK, just got advice from a friend, we need to FOCUS. Let’s not make the RT’s remain as echoes… Pls read this http://tinyurl.com/y8pv24p

8:37 PM Sep 29th from web by @JiggyCruz

They maximized the power of Web 2.0 they used the following:

  1. Google Maps – by plotting the geographical information for those who needs help and the relief centers
  2. Google Spreadsheets – by providing different information on where to donate, missing persons, emergency numbers, and many more.

In the end, we are not medical professionals, nor rescue or military experts.  We cannot say that we did this smooth and perfectly. However we, the Filipino Netizens, did the right thing by sharing the information we got. And we witnessed that these information saves a lot of families. I want to express my gratitude to the silent majority of the Filipino Internet Users for sharing the information they got in order to save lives, and for doing a good job!

For closing, I want to share this picture from twitter and it said:

To all the people in the world I just want to say: 我最喜歡我出生和長大在菲律賓 (I am very happy that I was born and grew up in the Philippines)

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Typhoon Preparedness Tips

Here is a simple preparation tips at home I got from email. Being prepared for a typhoon means keeping informed on the progress and severity of the storm. And taking some common-sense precautions to minimize the problems a typhoon may cause for you.

Typhoon Checklist:

  • Food and water – Better if you store food that doesn’t easily spoil like canned goods, noodles and food cooked with vinegar
  • Disposable utensils
  • Can and bottle openers
  • Plastic-ware to store food and supplies
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlights and candles
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags

Typhoon Preparation

Plan In Advance

  1. Check if you can remain in your home during the typhoon. You may be able to ride out a weak typhoon but will need to evacuate for stronger storms. Listen for warnings from your local government officials or official local media broadcasts in situations where evacuation is ordered. Note the evacuation routes and plan to leave early.
  2. Make lists of television and radio stations where you can get storm information, phone numbers to call in case of emergencies and locations of relief shelters. Get directions for the relief shelters.
  3. Have a location for you and your family members to meet if you get separated and the number of a relative in the province to call to say everyone is safe. Have a list of phone numbers of relatives that you will want to inform about your condition. The out-of-town relative can be the one to start the phone brigade to your list after learning you are okay.
  4. Find a place to take your pets where they will be safe if you have to evacuate. Some relief centers may not allow pets.
  5. Remember to turn off electricity, water and gas to your home before evacuating.

 Put Together a Typhoon Kit

  1. Pack food that doesn’t have to be refrigerated or cooked along with disposable plates, bowls, forks, knives and spoons. Each person and pet in the home should have enough to eat for three days. For those with babies, please remember that exclusive breastfeeding is best for infants up to six months old. This is especially important in times of calamities and emergencies.
  2. Store water. Each person needs three gallons of clean water to drink and to use for washing. Pets also need water. For babies, please note that they are constantly feeding. If you are formula feeding or doing mixed feeding, please store additional sterilized water for your baby (both for feeding and cleaning bottles).
  3. Have flashlights, oil lamps, lanterns and candles, along with extra batteries, matches and fuel on hand.
  4. Include a first aid kit in your typhoon kit.
  5. Pack board games, reading materials, card decks and a battery-operated radio. For babies and small children, make sure to include a favorite toy or blanket.
  6. Prepare a box of garbage bags and paper towels.

 Pack Your Bags

  1. Pack a small bag or backpack for each person in the home. It should include clothes and toiletries for three days. For babies, make sure to include cloth or disposable diapers and extra plastic bags to store diapers or soiled cloth diapers.
  2. Include a blanket and pillow for each person and place them in garbage bags (to keep them dry) to take along when evacuating.
  3. Include a small water-proof bag or satchel of photos and documents you want to keep dry and safe, such as wills, passports and government-issued certificates.
  4. Place everyone’s bag and bed bundle near the door so they can be quickly loaded into the car if you decide to evacuate. Make sure your car has enough gas.

Reference: http://www.smartparenting.com.ph/article/typhoon-preparation-and-checklist

Emergency Numbers

As the Typhoon Pepng Arrived in Metro Manila area.  We better get ready and keep these emergency numbers.

Rescue Operations

  1. National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) (+632-9125668, +632-9111406, +632-9115061, +632-9122665) Help hotlines: (+65 734-2118, 734-2120)
  2. Philippine Coast Guard (+632-5276136)
  3. Air Force (+63908-1126976, +632-8535023)
  4. Metro Manila Development Authority (136)
  5. Marikina City Rescue (+632-6462436, +632-6462423, +632920-9072902)
  6. Pasig Rescue Emergency Number (+632-6310099)
  7. Quezon City Rescue (161)
  8. San Juan City Hall Command Post (+632-4681697)
  9. Bureau of Fire Protection Region III (Central Luzon) Hotline: (+63245-9634376)
  10. Senator Dick Gordon (+639178997898, +63938-444BOYS, +632-9342118, +632-4338528)
  11. Senator Manny Villar (+639174226800. +639172414864, +639276751981)

Civil Society/ Media

  1. Philippine National Red Cross (143, +632-5270000)
  2. Philippine National Red Cross Rizal Chapter operations center hotline: (+632-6350922, +632-6347824)
  3. Go to GMA Facebook page & post complete addresses and names of people in need of immediate help.
  4. ABS-CBN Typhoon Ondoy Hotline: (+632-4163641)
  5. Jam 88.3: (+632- 6318803) or SMS at JAM (space) 883 (space) your message to 2968

Power Supply

  • Meralco (+63917-5592824, 16211, +63920-9292824) If you want service cut off to your area to prevent fires and electrocution.

People Tracker (using your phones, get your friends and family to turn on their finderservice for you)

  • FINDERSERVICE. For Smart, text “wis <your name> <your mobile>” to 386.
  • FINDERSERVICE. For Globe, text “find <your name> <your mobile> to 7000.

*NOTE: Bold Red Font means easy to remember numbers

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/ondoymanila/rescue-operations-contacts

How to Fix your Submerge Car

For people whio’s car submerge in water.

  1. First of all DON’T START YOUR CAR wait to dry up the car first. 
  2. Then start drying your car.
  3. For more detailed information please see this link: http://flipgear.wordpress.com/2009/09/28/how-to-fix-your-submerged-car/#more-424

For towing Services

AAP -P2,100 (on the spot tow)

    -include membership for 1 year

    -include 2 cars already (just schedule to tow the other car)

  for more info just visit AAP website: http://www.aaphilippines.org/contact_us.aspx

 

Wheelers Club

     -wasn’t able to call since line is busy

   for more info just visit http://wheelersclub.com.ph/WheelersClubFAQs2.htm#

                                 Hotline: 926-7353, 925-2702

Complete Towing or Ambulance Hotlines:

–> http://www.trapik.com/trapik_reminders.asp

For people outside Luzon, Philippines (including Metro Manila) – how to help due to Typhoon Ondoy

Got this from Facebook and any other sources.  I try to post internet ways on how to help.

Donate to Ayala Foundation through MyAyala:
http://www.myayala.com/ondoy/

Donate to Philippine Jesuits (tie up between the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus and Ayala Foundation
http://myayala.com/sjph/
(Type in “xs4ondoy” after “I would like to donate to…”)

Mail&More, FedEx, Air21 outlets accepting donations. For locations pls call 8794789 or log to www.mailandmore.com.ph (from twitter Manolo Quezon)

World Food Programme
https://www.wfp.org/donate/ondoy

Via Philippine National Red Cross
Details can be found here at their webpage http://www.redcross.org.ph/Site/PNRC/Default.aspx?S=48&SS=972

Via CCF (URL: http://www.ccf.org.ph/get-involved/give/)

No one is obliged to give; after all, everything already belongs to the Lord. However, if you would like to give back a portion of what he has placed in your care, you may do so in the following ways:
 

  1. Online payment via credit card
  2. Direct bank deposit (Philippines)
  3. Action International Ministries (Canada)
  4. Tax Deductible Donations in the USA – Please indicate that your donations are for CCF Philippines.

 

Free PAL airlift of donations for Ondoy victims
Philippine Airlines will airlift for free all relief donations intended for victims of typhoon Ondoy. All provincial PAL stations will load on flights bound for Manila any bulk cargo box containing donations addressed to reputable, non-profit, charitable organizations in Manila.
Details here: http://bit.ly/16mH1Z

CEBU
For friends in Cebu, repost from Gino Carteciano from Twitter:
You from Cebu? Joseph Castillo and Lui Castillo will be sending 2 20ft container vans to Manila http://tumblr.com/xll3am2mb

DAVAO and MINDANAO
Repost from Crise Antonette Aquino Flores: from Zen Nandu : Aboitiz also. Donations in kind are accepted at 2GO OUTLETS here in Davao City. The goods are also shipped from Davao to Manila via Superferry for free. 😀

Repost from Crise Antonette Aquino Flores: from Mr. Edmund Gawchua, Manager, Negros Navigation is now accepting the transfer of relief goods from Mindanao to Manila for free for aid to victims of Ondoy.

BANGKOK, Thailand
Repost: For friends in BANGKOK who would like to help the victims of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana):The Philippine Embassy will be receiving only donations in kind (ie., used clothing, shoes, blankets, and the like, and canned goods) anytime… between 9am-5pm until Fri. For queries, please feel free to contact the Philippine Embassy at (02) 259-0139 up to 40 or (08) 992-65954, or at bangkokpe@gmail.com.

The Philippine Embassy:
760 Sukhumvit Road corner Soi Philippines (30/1) Bangkok 10110 Thailand
www.philembassy-bangkok.net

BELGIUM
For those based in Belgium they can contact Shiera Catalan at +32485328811 if they want to donate goods for typhoon relief. (source Twitter Manolo Quezon)

USA
– visit the abs-cbn foundation website for details.
– you can also call 1-800-5272820

CALIFORNIA
SoCal Pinoys who want to donate: Our goal is to fill up a 40ft container in 1week with new or used clothing/shoes/blankets medicines,canned food items,etc. Our house is temp drop off point for now. We’ll facilitate immediate shipment to Manila. 16622 Amberwood Way Cerritos, CA 90703 or call Jan at (562) 338-4737. I guess you should call first to verify… Repost fr Rowie, Jen CC Tan, friend, Janice A Balgemino

DONATION DRIVE WILL BE IN ISLAND PACIFIC MARKET, PANORAMA CITY, CA or Online at www.pinoypinayamerica.org. 100% of Collected donations no commision or whatever will be sent directly to Philippine National Red Cross courtesy of RCBC Remit Panorama City. This drive is in coordination with Island Pacific Market, WWW.MAGICKARAOKE.COM, BENNIEBEBE and RCBC

Stanford’s Pilipino American Student Union (PASU) is collecting donations to be sent to the Philippines to help victims of Typhoon Ondoy. If you would like to make a donation, please contact AV David at avhdavid@stanford.edu or (650) 491-4561.

Erly’s Shear Beauty: We will be sending boxes of relief goods including but not limited to clothes, blankets, towels, bath soap, shampoo, toothbrush. Starting Tuesday, September 29, will be setting up boxes inside the shop and feel free to put in whatever you may have to donate. Address is 133 Hickey Blvd. So. San Francisco. email: meidelacruz@yahoo.com 

NEW YORK, USA
Repost from Trixie Gisbert: Ondoy New York Disaster Relief drop off center @ Pandayan Center, 406 W40th St. Between 9th and 10th Aves. New York, NY 10018 or call 212.564.6057. Please spread the word!

HONGKONG, China
Repost: To all those living in Hong Kong who would like to help the victims of Typhoon Ondoy, you may deposit donations in cash to HSBC Account No. 808-416564-001 – Ateneo Alumni Association – Hong Kong Chapter. Please text 62957677 the amount and tie of deposit. Donations in kind can be dropped off at Camille Genuino’s residence.

Louise Kathryn Yu
We are also placing a cash donation box at the YWCA on MacDonell Road. If they happen to drop by and want to help the typhoon victims they can place any amount here.

SIDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Donating goods from Sydney, Australia (clothes, shoes, pillows, blankets, canned food, etc):

Drop off houses:
MICHELLE BARRERA – Castle Hill (Hills district/North West) – mbcb83@gmail.com(she’d rather be contacted via Facebook email though)

CARLOS BARRERA – Kensington (Eastern suburbs/CBD) – (Facebook email or contact Rosary & Michelle)

ROSARY COLOMA – Abbotsford (Inner West/City Fringe) – rosary.coloma@gmail.com

ALA PAREDES – Blacktown (Western suburbs) – ala_paredes@yahoo.com
Please donate this week (including this weekend). The boxes are going beginning of next week.

PAREDES boxes will reach victims mainly through ATENEO’S relief effort.
BARRERA boxes will reach victims through SUNSHINE PROJECT & going directly to areas worst hit.

(Source: http://rosie-postcards.blogspot.com/2009/09/donations-for-philippine-typhoon.html thru Jim Paredes Twitter)

SINGAPORE
From Twitter, Jim Paredes tweet: RT @cille07: @jimparedes hi jim. LBC and i-Remit Singapore will be waiving remittance fees for donations to Philippine Red Cross.
Repost:To all Pinoys in Singapore, if you would like to help our kababayans impacted by the floods, the drop off point for relief goods is Afreight Cargo, #03-09 Lucky Plaza, Orchard Road. Contact Person: Maureen Schepers 6235-1011/91117855. Please pass on this info to fellow Filipinos and Non-Filipinos who would like to help.

TORONTO, CANADA
From Twitter, Jim Paredes’ tweet: RT @TheDEXpress: @jimparedes for all our kababayans in Toronto: how to donate – http://bit.ly/EjE0X

Source and other important resource

1. Majority of details: Charo Limaco, Filipinos overseas/outside Metro Manila – here’s how you can help. #Ondoy

2. Twitter Community

3. http://superbianca.blogspot.com/2009/09/i-am-currently-writing-this-while-sick.html

Reminder:

For Pinoys wanting to send relief goods from abroad, please inquire with our embassies/consulates. You don’t want Customs intercepting.

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DLSU Runs a call center

DLSU now runs a call center open for pledges and any form of support. You can call 523-6158, 526-4611 loc. 128. We also need empty bottles with caps for water. you could also text 0916-4204748 0916-4204748. Please repost this. Thank you!

Update on Typhoon Ondoy

For update on how to help and other details on Typhoon Ondoy.  Please refer to http://sourpolitics.wordpress.com/2009/09/26/typhoon-ondoy-emergency-hotlines-and-relief-operations/

Just want to express gratitude to sourpolitics.wordpress.com

I just want to STRES this one

Medical Reminder: For all those who’ve come into contact with floodwater, please take your leptospirosis prophylaxis ASAP: 2 capsules doxycycline 100mg. Take with food and avoid taking with dairy products. DO NOT GIVE to children or pregnant women, or those who are allergic. Thanks! (Source: Pao Pei Salvan)/ Dr. Jae Salvan.