5 Ways How to Help after a Disaster

maeann
Posted November 17, 2020 from Philippines
Photo by Jun Carual from Marikina (Typhoon Vamco local name Ulysses)

Super Typhoon Goni (local name Rolly) struck the Philippines last November 1, 2020.  It is the fifth storm to impact the Philippines in just over three weeks.  About 2.1 million people were affected by the storm, with more than 517,000 people displaced.

Typhoon Vamco (local name Ulysses) lashed the main island of Luzon last November 11, 2020.  Flash floods and landslides were reported in the provinces of Catanduanes and Camarines Sur.

In Marikina City, around 40,000 houses were either partially or fully submerged, and that all 47 evacuation centers in the city are full with some evacuees seeking temporary shelter in nearby homes. Similar episodes of immersed houses and people trapped were reported in the provinces of Rizal, Bulacan, and Cavite.

These kinds of disasters are not new to us, but what is alarming is how climate change is making storms more destructive.  A study published in May that hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical cyclones worldwide are becoming stronger and potentially more deadly.

So meaning there will be more disaster that will come. As an individual who is compelled to help how then I can help those disaster victims today and in the future?

1. Donate Money – donating money is the most effective way to help victims and survivors. Make sure to choose a reputable and legitimate organization that has its own expertise in responding to emergency response. 

Here are some of the relief organizations where you can donate: World Vision PhilippinesPlan International PhilippinesUnicef PhilippinesSave the ChildrenSamaritan Purse

2. Fundraise – You can organize a fundraiser within your community (classmates, churchmates, officemates, relatives/family).

Use a crowdfunding platform that you can use to fundraise. Make sure to use a platform that is safe and secure. You can invite families and friends to join the cause World Vision Fundraise, Save the Children Fundraise

3. Donate food or non-food items – If you have family/relatives who are affected, get in touch with them.  Ask what they need before sending goods. Think and plan ahead how you can send your donation.  Do not give them the problem of how they can get your donation.

If donating to an organization, inquire with them first if they are accepting donations of foods, clothes, or other items before sending anything.

Don’t donate that degrade dignity.  When you donate put your shoes to others. Ask this question, if they will receive these items will they feel thankful, and will this be useful to them?

Remember donations such as goods or clothes have some things to do like sorting, matching, storage, logistics. It is still best to donate money to legitimate organizations since they have standards of relief goods that are readily available for release.

4. Volunteering – you can donate blood if you are able Red Cross Philippines. Join and volunteer to the organization: List of Volunteer Organizations you can join

The most essential thing to bring with you aside from that you have your personal things is to be emotionally prepared and physically fit. The place and condition you will go to is not pleasantly comfortable. Always remember the purpose of why you volunteer yourself and that is to help and to serve.

When volunteering know that some organization has volunteer liability waiver. Make sure to read and understand.Your decision to participate as a volunteer is made of your free will. You assume full responsibility for any risk of bodily injury or death.

5. Start or support a campaign for preparedness for disaster & emergencies affecting the community, children, women, and persons with disabilities.

Women's Rights in Disasters & EmergenciesDisability RightsAutism Response

 

Reference: https://reliefweb.int/report/philippines/philippines-typhoon-goni-situation-report-1-november-12-2020https://reliefweb.int/report/philippines/philippines-typhoon-vamco-ulysses-snapshot-12-november-2020, https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/12/asia/typhoon-vamco-philippines-intl/i...

 

This story was submitted in response to Protecting Our Planet.

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Urmila Chanam
Nov 17
Nov 17

Dearest Maeann,
Thank you for such an eye-opening piece on disaster and emergency management and individual contribution. I have benefited hugely from learning from your account on how important sensitivity towards sentiments of receivers is while donating. Thank you, sister.
Love and prayers,
Urmila Chanam

maeann
Nov 19
Nov 19

Hi Urmila, thank you for the time to read my post. We need to learn more about how we can be prepared before a disaster. Also, it is very important to be sensitive towards victims especially that there is still covid19 around. Imagine providing relief goods to disaster areas + making sure to follow those safety protocols so you will not be infected. Conducting emergency response this 2020 is the hardest because of this pandemic.

MUKABA ZAWADI
Nov 18
Nov 18

merci pour le partage et pour l'information des organisations de secours où vous pouvez faire un don pour aider les victimes et survivants géniales

maeann
Nov 19
Nov 19

Merci pour la lecture. J'espère que cela vous aidera et vous donnera des idées. Assurons-nous de faire un don à des organisations légitimes, en particulier à celles qui ont l'expérience de l'intervention d'urgence.

Dear Mae Ann,

I appreciate you for all that you do for our country. Thank you for writing this article to spread awareness of what we have been going through in the past months. Thank you for raising funds to help those who are in need!

It's true, our storms are getting fiercer than ever. Although most recent storms passed by the Luzon area, it still affected us in the Visayas like internet instability and power outages, although the damage is not as worse as those in Luzon. It is really heartbreaking. Thank you for raising your voice!

Fun fact for our World Pulse sisters who will be reading this: our typhoons are named is in alphabetical order. The first typhoon that enters the Philippines starts with A, the second one starts with B, and so on. Consequently, Typhoon Rolly is the 18th typhoon that entered our country, and the recent typhoon Ulysses is the 21st. This is where I want to ask the rest of the world, "Can you hear us? Can you see us?". Please help us claim climate justice because we are tired of facing these deadly typhoons year after year.

maeann
Nov 19
Nov 19

Hi Karen, this is close to my heart especially I have experienced being deployed in disaster affected areas. This disaster has a big impact especially on children, so it's time for us to be prepared especially now that things are getting worse.

How we can claim climate justice? Can we appeal or make a movement?

Hello, Mae Ann, same with me. There is are climate justice movements in the Philippines like the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice and Greenpeace, among others. I used to be part of it when I was in the development work. There are climate justice movements all over the world, too.

maeann
Nov 22
Nov 22

Thanks, Karen, will check on this to learn more

Nini Mappo
Nov 19
Nov 19

Hello Maeann,
The photo is beyond belief that that was someone's home or business. Even more so to realize that it is not the first time nor will it be the last.
Thank you for such a comprehensive, informative write up on response and management with sensitivity for both the donor and benefactor. It is illuminating. Love and prayers to the people affected by these typhoons.

maeann
Nov 22
Nov 22

Hi Nini, thank you. I agree, not the first time nor will be the last. But the coming disaster will be destructive though. I hope we can do something to lessen the impact of climate change.

Tamarack Verrall
Nov 20
Nov 20

Dear Maeann,
Your post is a wakeup call with plenty to pay attention to for responding in person, safely, and for what can be done to help with emergencies from a distance. We are collectively responsible for this planet, for each other, and for how our own choices in life contribute to the good or to increasing the disasters. Our economies are linked by what our governments and businesses arrange with each other. You have given us all a lot of down to earth information to work with.

maeann
Nov 22
Nov 22

Hi Tam, thank you. I agree with you, we are responsible for this planet. We shared one earth, one air to breathe. As we continue to fight for human rights, we should also include fighting how we can work together to lessen the impact of climate change for the next generation, since they are the one to suffer the most.

Gloria Ifeyinwa Ayogu

Thanks for this informative write up on how to help after disaster. It is sad to note that this wasn't the first disaster neither is it going to be the last. I think that a warning techniques should be focused on in order to avoid casualties. You know, prevention is better than cure. Targeting on the cause and trying to prevent future disaster.
Gloria

maeann
Nov 22
Nov 22

Hi Gloria, thank you. I agree with you... prevention is better than cure. Every country that is prone to disaster should have a disaster plan and mitigation.

Gloria Ifeyinwa Ayogu

Sure!

jomarieb.earth
yesterday
yesterday

Dear Maeann,
Teaching us how to donate is truly valuable. I donated to a local charity that works with victims of human trafficking and they clearly advised their needs of specific items, and why. I would have never guessed. Every charity has specific needs, you are so right. This also nudges me to refresh my earthquake survival kit. I am in California, and we are urged to have one. Your 5 steps are solid ones. Thank you for sharing.
JoMarie

maeann
yesterday
yesterday

HI Jomarie,

Thank you for reading. QRB or Quick run bag is very helpful. I had two QRB, one in our house and at work. If incase there is a necessity I have QRB fit to bring with me. I checked it every after 6 months, to look at some expiry on the foodstuff and medication.

jomarieb.earth
yesterday
yesterday

I have the same. Just a different name. Earthquake Readiness Kit for home, car and office. I hate to say it, but I tell my peers to prepare their own, because I am not packing enough share. Thanks so much Maeann.