5 Easy Ways To Help Monsoon Rain Survivors

Today I want to give anyone that reads this blog the opportunity to help with the recent flooding caused by monsoon rains and tropical storm Maring in the Philippines. There are major areas affected and thousands of people displaced from their homes.

Filipinos get free ride on a Philippine Red Cross truck along flooded EDSA
Filipinos getting a free ride on a Philippine Red Cross truck along flooded EDSA
(Image from Rappler)

Everyone needs to help in any way they can to get through this crisis with as little misfortune and loss of life as possible. Here are the best and easiest ways anyone can help those affected by the storms.

1. Open Your Home To A Friend

If you’re from an affected area, or know someone who is, offer to let them sleep at your place until the flooding subsides. Make sure you’re ready for them to accept the invitation, they may ask to bring a friend or family member.

Remember, when flooding happens, the displaced people are more at risk of sickness. Everyone needs to try and be in a clean environment as much as possible. Open your home to only those you trust.

2. Donate Food And Needed Items

The National Disaster Risk Reduction And Management Council has a list of donation facilities around Metro Manila. At these facilities you can donate any necessary items for the people affected by the floods. Water, canned food and clothes go a long way to help people stay safe and healthy during displacement.

There is also a specific list of needed items for relief at www.reliefph.com.

If you’ve got clothes you don’t wear any more, go through your closet and purge. Find what you don’t wear any more and collect it. Make an effort to drop it off at one of the facilities around town.

3. Give Blood

The Philippine  Red Cross has a page the tells you how to donate and what’s required.

4. Volunteer

There are lots of affected areas that still need help cleaning up, rebuilding houses and putting neighborhoods back together. If you know of people in an affected neighborhood, go help them secure their belonging.

Here’s a map showing the most affected areas. Take a look and you know people in the area, get in touch and find out how physically you can help.

A map of flooded areas in the Philiippines
(Image courtesy of Nababaha.com)

5. Donate Money

This one is the absolute easiest way to help. My personal recommendation is donating to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC). They have a long history of good money management when it comes to disaster.

The information page about donating can help you decide how and how much to give. Every peso counts. You can send cash or check donations to the PRC National Headquarters at Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, PO Box 280, Manila 1018 (checks should be payable to The Philippine Red Cross), or contact PRC to arrange a pick-up. You can also give your cash or check donations to any 7-11 store or Cebuana Lhuillier Pawnshop nationwide.

Here’s a quick list of other ways to donate to the Philippine Red Cross:

PRC Online Donations

* Links go directly to the donation forms

PRC Bank Accounts
Here’s a list of banks the Philippine Red Cross bank accounts you can deposit cash donations into:

  • Banco De Oro
    Peso: 00-453-0018647
    Dollar: 10-453-0039482
  • Metrobank
    Peso: 151-3-041631228
    Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2
  • Philippine National Bank
    Peso: 3752 8350 0034
    Dollar: 3752 8350 0042
  • Unionbank of the Philippines
    Peso: 1015 4000 0201
    Dollar: 1315 4000 0090

Swift Codes for Bank Transfers to PRC Accounts

  • Banco De Oro: BNORPHMM
  • Bank of the Philippine Islands: BOPIPHMM
  • Metrobank: MBTCPHMM
  • Philippine National Bank: -PNBMPHMM
  • Unionbank of the Philippines: -UBPHPHMM

SMS and G-Cash

  • SMS: Text REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)
  • G-Cash Text DONATEAMOUNT4-digit M-PINREDCROSS to 2882

You can donate the following denominations:

  • Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
  • Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

I hope everyone stays safe and weathers the storm together as one people. Let’s practice kindness and remember that we’ll get through this storm successfully.

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