Since last week, we all hope that the rain will finally stop. It's been a long while since we last enjoyed a sunny day. And now that the weather is intensifying, some of our countrymen are going through a rough time now; their houses submerged with no food, dry clothes and shelter.
But this is not a time for us to be sad and scared. It is a wonderful opportunity to be heroes in our own way! You don't need superpowers to make a difference. All you need is your sincere compassion to help. Here are some suggestions you can do to help:
1. Support your school's outreach activities - If your high school, university or college isn't that affected by the floods, the school admin and your student council are spearheading ways to help your community; whether as a temporary shelter or as a relief goods center where you can send in your old clothes, canned goods, and the like. You can also lend your extra energy to sort and pack them for distribution.
2. Use your social media sites well - If you still have access to electricity and the Internet or your phone has a good 3G service, use your Twitter and Facebook accounts to spread information. Retweet the important hotlines and tweets from friends who are asking for help. Post them on your walls. Your thousands of Facebook friends and Twitter followers may need those hotline numbers and may know how to help your friends. And please, this is no time for false information and jokes.
3. Offer your home to those in need - If your neighbors are in need of shelter, be a good samaritan and offer them your homes to keep them warm and safe. It'll make a huge difference to those families and even to the homeless. Your warm meal and dry clothes can help them recuperate and prevent them from getting sick. Who knows, you may meet a new friend with your good deed.
These are just few but there are a lot of ways you can be of help to a lot of people today. If you are at home, safe and reading this article, you have no excuse to not extend a hand. We can do this. The concerns won't stop when the rains do. We still need to provide assistance as some families are trying to rebuild their homes.
Here are the contact numbers for all your concerns:
- 411-4995, 394-9272, 0917-887-4411
RED CROSS - 143, 911-1876, 527-0000
(If in need of being rescued, please wear a white blanket over to be easily identified by rescuers)
MMDA - 136
NDRRMC - 911-1406, 912-2665, 912-5668
PNP (Police) - 117, or send TXT PNP to 2920
DOTC (Transportation and Communication)- 7980, 0918-884-8484
BFP (Fire) - 729-5166, 410-6254, 431-8859, 407-1230
Please take care and be safe.