Tuesday, September 29, 2009

3 must-dos before 2 more expected typhoons arrive this week

Epic Flooding Experienced in Manila, Philippines
Who would have thought that places that aren't prone to flooding were also submerged in deep murky waters here in Metro Manila?

We are not ready for such weather disturbance again. And, as we are experiencing a sunny afternoon today, we are expecting a typhoon entering the Philippine area of responsibility this Thursday (October 1, 2009) and Friday (October 2, 2009) and another after a couple of days.

Typhoon 1 after Ondoy

Typhoon 2 after Ondoy
What To Do?
Number one thing to do is, we all must seek for God's help. If you haven't tried praying, pray now and thank God you are still reading what I am writing because it simply means that you are safe and alive. How to pray? Close your eyes, use your heart and talk to God.

Second, we all must, spread the correct information and help with whatever we can do.

Let us not spread rumors (e.g. Marikina Dam releasing waters) because this will just cause harm and panic to those who are already suffering.

We need to alert people BUT at the same time, not cause panic. This way, damages can be reduced.

A few tips to get ready for the expected (or future) typhoons
while the sun is up high:
1. Buy food that doesn't need cooking or water to prepare. Stock water. (In case of power outages)

2. Get a bag and put the ff: Batteries. Flash Lights. Radio. Rope. and most importantly-- whistle (in Tagalog, "Pito").
better yet, get a crank (wind-up) radio to save battery...

3. Get one of those inflatable pool boats from toy stores or better yet, buy the real ones. (Make sure that it's not those 99-peso-bargain-boats. You might end up risking your life by buying a cheap one)

Not this one...

But this kind...

There you go. The typhoon that struck the Philippines is no joke. To those who have nothing to do like spread rumors and disseminate false information, please, confirm your messages first. And for those heartless messages I've read in Facebook, get a life!

If you want to help in anyway you can, please see the links I posted below:

-How and Where to Help Out Ondoy Victims
- Google's Effort to Help Ondoy

Some important numbers to remember:
  • National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) (+632-9125668, +632-9111406, +632-9115061, +632-9122665) Help hotlines: (+65 734-2118, 734-2120)
  • Philippine Coast Guard (+632-5276136)
  • Air Force (+63908-1126976, +632-8535023)
  • Metro Manila Development Authority (136)
  • Marikina City Rescue (+632-6462436, +632-6462423, +632920-9072902)
  • Pasig Rescue Emergency Number (+632-6310099)
  • Quezon City Rescue (161)
  • San Juan City Hall Command Post (+632-4681697)
  • Bureau of Fire Protection Region III (Central Luzon) Hotline: (+63245-9634376)
  • Senator Dick Gordon (+639178997898, +63938-444BOYS, +632-9342118, +632-4338528)
  • Senator Manny Villar (+639174226800. +639172414864, +639276751981)
Rubber boat request / 4x4 truck request:
  • NCRPO (+632-8383203, +632-8383354)
  • Para sa mga pribadong mamamayan na nais magpahiram ng kanilang mga bangkang de motor para sa mga operasyong pagsagip at paglikas, tumawag lamang sa mga emergency numbers: +632-9125668, +632-9111406, +632-9122665, +632-9115061)
  • Maaari ring mag-text sa (+632917-4226800 o +632927-6751981) para sa mga rescue dump trucks.
  • Para sa mga maaaring magpahiram ng mga 4×4 trak para sa paglikas: Papuntahin lamang ang trak sa Greenhills Shoppng Center Unimart Grocery at hintayin ang impormasyon sa pag-alis, Telepono (+632920-9072902).
Monetary Donations:

1. Bank Donations

Account Name Bank Peso Account Number Dollar Account Number Branch Type of Account Swift Code
PNRC The Philippine National Red Cross METROBANK 151-3-041-63122-8 151-2-151-00218-2 Port Area Branch SAVINGS MBTC PH MM

Port Area Branch CURRENT

8114-0030-94 UN Branch SAVINGS BOPI PH MM
ABS-CBN FOUNDATION ABS-CBN Foundation Incorporation BANCO DE ORO 5630060113
BDO Mother Ignacia

ABSCBN FOUNDATION - Sagip Kapamilya ABSCBN FOUNDATION - Sagip Kapamilya BANCO DE ORO 39300-48145
Sct. Albano Branch, Quezon Avenue

GMA KAPUSO FOUNDATION GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc. METROBANK 3-098-51034-7 2-098-00244-2

UCPB 115-184777-2 01-115-301177-9

UCPB 160-111277-7 01-160-300427-6

BANCO DE ORO 469-0022189 469-0072135

PNB 121-0032000-17 121-0032000-25
Corporate Network for Disaster Reponse

0031 0654 02
BPI Ayala Paseo Branch

2. Credit Card/PayPal Donations

3. SMS Donations

Procedure Smart Money Globe GCash
PNRC Type RED Ex. RED 100 4483 2899
5577-5144-1866-7103 0917-9751092.

In-Kind Donations:

In-Kind Donation

  • Victory Fort is opening its doors to those affected by the typhoon. Call 813-FORT.
  • NoyMar relief Operations: Clare Amador (+639285205508) or Jana Vicente at +639285205499). Drop off for relief donations is at Balay Expo Center across Farmers Market Cubao.
  • Miriam Quiambao drop off points: One Orchard Road Building in Eastwood, or message http://www.twitter.com/miriamq for more details.
  • Philippine Army Gym inside Fort Bonifacio or GHQ Gym in Camp Aguinaldo are now distributing donations for Ondoy Victims.
  • Team Manila stores in Trinoma, Mall of Asia, Jupiter Bel-Air and Rockwell shall be accepting relief goods (Canned Goods, Ready-to-drink Milk,Bottled Water and Clothes) for distribution by Veritas.
  • Caritas Manila Office at Jesus St., Pandacan Manila near Nagtahan Bridge (+632-5639298, +632-5639308)
  • Radio Veritas at Veritas Tower West Ave. Cor EDSA (+632-9257931-40)
  • Aranaz Stores in Rockwell & Greenbelt is accepting donations of any kind for Payatas communities affected by Ondoy
  • Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan Task Force Noah, a disaster response arm of the Jesuits, is accepting donations. Please drop it off sa Ateneo Cervini Dorm.
  • Philippine National Red Crossdifferent ways to Donate.
  • Red Cross Load Donations: Right now the easiest way to make donations from the seat of your chair is via mobile phone load. The Red Cross Rescue and Relief Operations. Text: REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)
  • Ateneo de Manila University is now accepting donations for the victims of Ondoy. Donations can be dropped at MVP Lobby. For those stranded/those who need help: To all students who need help or know of people who need help. Please text the name, location, and contact number to (+6329088877166). ATENEO, which is now an open shelter, accepts refugees. Call (+632917-8952792)
  • Papemelroti stores in 91 Roces Ave. / Ali Mall Cubao / SM City North EDSA / SM Fairview / SM Megamall / Glorietta 3 in Makati / SM Centerpoint / SM Southmall are accepting relief goods (canned goods / milk / bottled water / clothes – NO CASH pls.)
  • TXTPower now accepts donations via SmartMoney 5577514418667103, GCash 09179751092 and Paypal http://is.gd/3GvuN
  • Our Lady of Pentecost Parish (+632-4342397, +632-9290665) per Gabe Mercado, donations are very much welcome. The Parish is located at 12 F. Dela Rosa corner C. Salvador Sts., Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
  • Hillsborough Village Chapel – Water, blankets, shoes, and clothes may be sent to Hillsborough Village Chapel in Muntinlupa City. These will go to families whose houses were washed out in the nearby sitios.
  • Greenhills/Mandaluyong/San Juan Area, if you want to help out with the rescue and relief operations, you can drop off your donations (clothes, food, etc..) at La Salle Greenhills Gate 2 tomorrow or volunteer from 9am to receive, sort, repack the donations.
  • Petron: You may bring your relief goods to all Petron branches.
  • LUCA stores (Rockwell, Shang-rila, Eastwood, or GA towers): Send your old clothes & donations (no cash pls).
  • “LUZON RELIEF: Volunteer / Donate / Pray”: Donations can be brought to RENAISSANCE FITNESS CENTER, 2nd Floor, Bramante Building, Renaissance Towers Ortigas, MeralcoAvenue, Pasig City starting MONDAY (Sept.28) / 9am – 7pm Contact Person: Warren Habaluyas (+632929-8713488) or email at luzonrelief@gmail.com
  • MOONSHINE boutique in Rockwell also accepting relief good to help Ondoy victims in Marikina and Cainta.
  • Katipunan Avenue. Contact Erica Paredes at (+632917-4741930) — they need bread, packed juice, sandwich filling (tuna, chicken, anything) You can help her make them, deliver the sandwiches to her house, or help her distribute! Call for more details.
  • Manor Superclub, Eastwood City will accept goods and other emergency items starting Sunday at 10 am.
  • Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC): Relief goods for typhoon victims being accepted at 72-A Times St., West Triangle, QC. Tel (+632-9299820/22)
  • MINISTOP IBARRA (Espana cor. Blumentritt, Sampaloc Manila) is also accepting relief goods, Food (non-perishable goods only) Clothing, Medicines, Beds, Pillows, Blankets, Emergency Supplies to help Typhoon Ondoy victims.