It's raining like crazy here in the Philippines and I can't even begin to tell you guys how devastating it is to see your countrymen suffering outside in the pouring rain while I'm here stuck inside our house. I can't do anything for them, I can't go to the places that need help or even give donations since I'm incapable of producing monetary funds right now. Although I am safe and sound inside our house, I know some of my friends, relatives and even strangers are not in good shape. Their houses our flooded, the roads are clogged up and even hospitals are not safe from the dastardly rain and flood. So, I thought that I should make a public service post. It's the very least I could do to help.
Those are emergency hotlines that you could call if ever you need them or you know someone who needs help. I highly suggest printing this out, laminating it and putting it in a place that's easy to access for future use. Also, if you are safe in your house but know someone that's in need of help, call for their sake. Most probably than not, they can't access the internet, landlines or have cellphone signals at these times. Make the initiative and call for their sake. It's better to take the initiative than to mourn for a lost friend or family member.
If you are stuck in a flooded area and need to be rescued, put a white blanket/cloth/t-shirt outside your house so that rescuers can easily locate where you are. Call 143 and/or 527-0000 to be rescued. That was according to Dick Gordon of the Philippine Red Cross. As I've said, you can call in behalf of your relatives. I think it's also best to not use your phones during rainstorms and thunderstorms. There's an increasing percentage of people dying due to lightning strikes. Be careful everybody.
Also, please do try to stay out of the water/flood. There's also an alarming number of cases that people are getting leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is deadly to any one. You can get it when your skin is in contaminated waters and even if you don't have any open wounds, you can still get it. I suggest not going in the flood water but if you must, wear proper gear such as rain boots, rain coats, or any waterproof material clothing. And when you're in a safe place, I hope you'll wash yourself even if it's just your feet as a precautionary step. You might never know, the water you've been walking on might be infected with leptospirosis causing bacteria.
For those that want to help through money donations, here are some of the bank accounts you can deposit your money. All of these bank accounts are GMA Network's Kapuso Foundation bank accounts from their website.
The GMAKF also accepts donation through Cebuana Lhuillier, all branches nationwide.
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