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Volunteers! HELP: Plotting out Ondoy emergency areas

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For those of you who are stuck at home and have Internet connection, it would be much appreciated if you could help update this spreadsheet. The Typhoon Ondoy Mapping Team is a group of volunteers who are marking affected areas via Google Maps. The form is very easy to use. It provides very good context on the location and situation of affected areas and victims.

Please pass the links along and help update. Be sure to check for double entries before posting.

Link to the actual map: http://bit.ly/ondoymap

Link to the team and how to use: http://sites.google.com/site/ondoymanila/about-the-team

Here’s Google’s Official Response:

Responding to Typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines

We are very saddened by the loss of life and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people in Metro Manila and nearby areas caused by Typhoon Ondoy. To increase awareness of how Filipinos at home and overseas can stay up to date and aid in relief efforts, dozens of Google volunteers around the world have been working throughout the weekend and today to compile information about the disaster on this site: www.google.com.ph/landing/typhoon-ondoy.html.

The site contains a volunteer-maintained map of flood updates and persons needing rescue, the latest news from local media sources, a list of verified donation sites and emergency hotlines. It is also linked from Google.com.ph to give easy access to the 25 million Internet users in the Philippines and many more around the world.

Our effort is but one of many being organized by countless individuals and organizations across the country in the spirit of bayanihan, to help those affected by this disaster as quickly and as comprehensively as possible.

Thanks

This information is being used in conjunction with the big networks GMA and ABS-CBN to help locate missing people and send food and other supplies.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

4 replies on “Volunteers! HELP: Plotting out Ondoy emergency areas”

Some people could also help in keeping the updated information on the loss to property and the cost of reconstruction.This would help in getting the approximate figures to the aid agencies to help in rehabilitation of the affected people.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped spread the word about the Ondoy Situation map. The concept has taken hold and GMA and ABS are doing a superb job in doing the same for Typhoon Pepeng. Don’s suggestion on “loss to property” sounds good. Members of the Ondoy Mapping Team are quietly working to harness technology and the web to alleviate future disasters. – Serge Gregorio a.k.a. KaninLamig of the Ondoy Mapping Team.

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