In September 2009, Typhoon Ketsana
(Ondoy) hit the Philippines, causing the worst flooding in more than
40 years in Metro Manila.
Damages were estimated to be at
$1.09 billion and about 747 fatalities were recorded.
Now, three years later, the torrential
rains that has been pounding Metro Manila and its nearby provinces
since yesterday is now dubbed as “Ondoy 2”, as the capital city
now finds itself again submerged in chest-deep flood waters and many
citizens stranded on the 2nd floor or the roof of their houses.
With the crisis far from over, a group
of twitter users proactively created a Googledoc spread sheet to help
first responders facilitate evacuation efforts.
The Googledoc “#rescuePH” allows
users to report people who are in need of immediate evacuation or
The document includes the following
information: Timestamp (which indicates the time when the entry was
made), address of persons who need to be evacuated, status of the
rescue alert, contact information and the exact twitter message. In
addition, the spreadsheet also contains emergency hotlines of the
National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.
New entries are marked red, and users
who input information are requested to update the status column to
green when people are rescued. Up to date there are 250 entries.
This initiative stems from the concept
of turning crowd sourced data into actionable information. Through
this initiative, first responders would be able to streamline their
efforts in order to help victims get needed aid as soon as possible.
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