MANILA, Philippines – Netizens can now report people who need rescue and assistance via Googledocs.
Twitter users JP Loh (@jploh), Ros Juan (@juanxi), Tonyo Cruz (@tonyocruz) and other regular attendees of Tweetup Manila (@tweetupmnl) have created a spreadsheet that can be used to collate important rescue information. The crowdsourcing method was also used when typhoon Ondoy hit Manila in 2009.
The document includes the following information: status of the rescue alert, location, details of the report, source of the information, and the exact tweet (with timestamp). On Twitter, the hashtag #RescuePH is used to post and track reports.
New entries are marked red. Netizens who input information are requested to update the status column to green when people are rescued. To date there are 75 entries.
“The challenge now is how to get rescuers to the area,” Juan said.
Juan urged everyone to be accurate in reporting information, stressing that the crowdsourcing effort is an “honesty system.”
Torrential rains flooded half of Metro Manila and nearby areas on Tuesday, August 7, forcing at least 20,000 people to flee their homes. – Rappler.com