Private individuals on Twitter have taken it upon themselves to create an online hub where families and individuals most affected by the heavy monsoon rains that ravaged NCR and most parts of Luzon yesterday can submit calls for rescue.
Pinoy Tweeps Ros Juan, Tonyo Cruz and JP Loh used Google Docs to build a rescue form where victims of the habagat can sign-up and request to be rescued. They also utilized the same service to create a spreadheet where volunteers, LGUs and rescue workers can monitor the most affected areas as well as to look for households that are in dire need of their help.
For Victims of the Monsoon Rains: #RescuePH Rescue Form
For Volunteers, LGUs, and Rescue Workers: #RescuePH Rescue Requests Sheet
As of 8:08 AM August 8, 2012, #RescuePH has received more than 730 rescue requests. And thanks to the site, 8 families have already been rescued -- proving that when used for good, social media works.
Aside from #RescuePH, affected individuals can also get in touch with these government and private offices for help and assistance (I would suggest that we all print a copy of this list courtesy of PCDSPO) --
Also, I've created the TechPinas Typhoon Watch Twitter List, which include accounts on the site that we'll do well to regularly check during typhoons and other calamities, where we can monitor news and updates about the heavy southwest monsoon rains and floods --
God bless the Philippines. Keep safe, everyone! Let's all pray for better weather.