Be Angry, Plus 3 Other Things You Can Do Online At The Wake of Typhoon Yolanda

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Congratulations, you’re online because you’re reading this article – which also means you have at your disposal, one of the most powerful tools you can use to help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda…

The INTERNET.

People have given cash, donated goods, initiated and volunteered their time to do relief campaigns. But apart from these, what else can you do? Apparently, a lot more.

Encourage Others To Pitch In

There’s a social psychological phenomenon called The Bystander Effect, which claims individuals are less likely to offer any means of help to a victim when other people are present.

With all the cash donations and relief campaigns happening around, it’s possible that some people will say, “There’s already enough help going around. And my efforts won’t make a difference anymore.”

Fact is, every bit of help matters. So it’s up to you to remind and convince your friends that they can and should pitch in.

Take Action: Share information on where to send donations and ongoing relief initiatives on your social media accounts.

Stop Misinformation

Social media is now being flooded with individual accounts about the typhoon and ongoing relief efforts. Unfortunately, some of them are fake stories and malicious rumors.

When you read about these stories, don’t immediately share and pass them as absolute truths.

Verify first from trusted sources and if you discover that a particular account or story is a lie, then share the story along with the truth so people can stop spreading misinformation.

Take Action: Share inspiring stories, correct the false ones, and always “think before you click”.

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Dive Into Crowdsourcing

Be among those who use technology for the greater good. There are now several online initiatives that are crowdsourcing information on the typhoon aftermath.

Google Person Finder: Database of typhoon victims and information on their status.

Cell Coverage: Status of cell phone signals in the typhoon-affected areas.

Yolanda Aid Monitor: Crowdsourced information on foreign funds and where they are being used.

OpenStreetMap Remote Mapping: Geographic data of the typhoon-affected areas that can be used to plan for relief distribution and area rehabilitation.

Typhoon Yolanda Relief Map: Crowdsourced map of evacuation centers, crisis areas, and relief drop zone areas in relation to Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda.

#ReliefPH by Rappler: Most up-to-date list of relief initiatives around the country.

Bangon Philippines: One of the many websites that are collecting information about the status of devastated areas and relief operations.

Take Action: Participate and contribute any information you might have to these websites.

Be Angry

Yes you read it right… BE ANGRY!

According to the American Psychological Association, anger can play a constructive role in the national consciousness. They claim that expressing anger gives people “a sense of control during uncertain times and can spur an entire culture to change for the better”.

We have been witness to how Constructive Anger has affected change to a nation. Think about women’s suffrage, or racial discrimination, or our very own Edsa Revolution – these events happened because people got angry and wanted a better life.

So we encourage everyone, to examine their grief, frustration, anxiety and fear in these trying times; then transform these emotions into burning anger – and use it as a furnace to initiate change in the national consciousness.

Take Action: Start conversations and engage your social network on what can be done individually and as a nation – to improve crisis management, as well as address other relevant issues that are affecting the country today.

Photo credits: Mans Unides

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