Life in the Fast Lane

A TRIATHLETE'S MULTISPORT ADVENTURES, TRAVELS, RANDOM MUSINGS, AND CHRONICLES OF HER OTHERWISE ORDINARY LIFE

What You Do Matters

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Lately, I've been realizing just how powerful social media can be. It can spread news faster than the actual news, instantly destroy or alleviate a person or company's reputation, create trends in seconds, and reach more people than we could ever imagine.

Yesterday, though, was my first time to experience firsthand how it could save lives.

My blog entry yesterday morning was about the widespread flooding all over several cities and provinces here in the Philippines two days ago (August 7th). After posting that entry, I proceeded to work from home while keeping myself in the loop on all things flood-, relief-, and rescue-related via social networking sites.

Later in the afternoon, after I had done some work and even checked out what was happening in my alma mater (where relief operations were underway), I saw some posts on Twitter with the hashtags #rescuePH, #reliefPH, #floodPH, and #savedPH that caught my attention.

Several #rescuePH posts were of people who needed immediate rescuing. Their addresses? All within my village.

My own village. It blew my mind.

Immediately, I told my mom who told me to try calling the village association.

While doing so, I tweeted one of the neighbors who had SOS'd. I asked about his status (apparently, it was his family members who were trapped, along with other neighbors on the same street) and assured him that help would be on the way soon.

Mom and I called the village guardhouse, then we coordinated with the barangay tanod. After several minutes, I learned that tugboats were on the way. (Yes, the flooding was that bad in our village. Thankfully our home was spared.)

After several back and forth exchanges among said neighbor on Twitter, the village association, and the baranggay tanod, I saw this tweet:


I write this entry not to toot my own horn, or because my mom and I deserve to be acknowledged.

Not at all. Please don't think that this is how either of us feels.

I write this to encourage everyone — to let all of you know how powerful your online presence is.

That all the RT-ing, sharing, reposting, and reblogging efforts of everyone online can actually lead to so many things: more relief goods at evacuation centers, more rescue efforts directed toward a particular address, more online donations, more awareness about the issue or things like how bad the flooding is in a certain area... The possibilities are endless.

So keep doing your part because what you do matters greatly.

It may save a life or two.

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On that note, I created this diagram of sorts for people who want to donate in kind, but don't know what things are needed exactly.


Please feel free to pass it around.

You may drop off your donations at any of the relief centers listed here, at any of the Philippine Red Cross chapters, or donate via cash or SMS.



And in the meantime, please keep praying.

God bless you all for your generosity!

Mabuhay ang bayanihan!

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