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Ateneo Task Force Ondoy needs more volunteers and supplies! Please proceed to the College Covered Courts.

OK, so I learned a few things today. One is that when I get myself a house, it will have a moat that doubles as a drain sewer thingy to ensure that my place doesn’t flood. The other thing is, there are just certain items you need to have when you’re working with disaster relief:

  1. Your own bottled water. I avoid using bottled water as much as possible for environmental reasons, but whenever I absolutely have no choice, I just recycle the bottle. Fill it up with drinking water from your kitchen before you leave the house. Of course they usually provide water to volunteers, but you may be stuck someplace where you need to bring your own water.
  2. A towel. Even if the typhoon is over, it could still rain. And you may have to work in the rain. Or get splashed by floodwater.
  3. A good raincoat/waterproof jacket with hood. When you’re working under the rain, you may not have a hand free to hold up an umbrella.
  4. Extra clothing. Such as a shirt and an extra pair of socks, if you’re wearing socks. I went home with rain-soaked socks and Chucks, and they kinda chafed.
  5. A pocket flashlight. Sometimes the power goes out without warning.
  6. Rubbing alcohol. I know hand sanitizers are in vogue, but, c’mon. You ever seen doctors and nurses use hand sanitizers on that spot on your skin before you get a shot? I rest my case.
  7. Waterproof mascara. When you’re doing relief work, sometimes people will take your picture. You don’t want to look like an extra in a horror movie in the photos, do you? This applies not just to girls, but to the emo boys.

I’m pretty sure there are a few other things I may have missed. Also, some people may need certain items that others may not. For instance, I need lots of facial tissue and wet wipes. The point is, I went home looking like a drowned rat with great eye make-up. Learn.

(Oh, and if you’re wondering if you’ll do more good just donating goods than volunteering? Remember that even if enough people donate, those goods will still need to be brought to the victims. Those canned food, rice and clothing will not sort themselves into neat packages and fly into the hands of families in need. So if you can spare the time, please volunteer. Thanks.)

So, what do you think ?