Call for volunteers for mapUP, a map-making gathering for Philippine Red Cross

Blog and Soul will be hosting a Google Mapping Party for the Philippine Red Cross on May 28, 2011, 2:00pm to 5:00pm. The event will be held at the Meralco Caseroom, Asian Institute of Management, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City. If interested, fill up this registration form to RSVP for the event. In order to be able to participate, you need to bring a laptop so you can use the Google Map Maker easily. To know more about the Google Map Maker, please go here: http://www.google.com/support/mapmaker/?hl=en .

mapUP shall prioritize mapping of the following:

  • Healthcare establishments (hospitals, clinics, etc.)
  • Philippine Red Cross branches
  • Neighborhood/barangay gyms
  • Evacuation centers
  • Fire stations
  • Government offices
  • Telco branches (PLDT/Smart/Globe/Sun/your local telco)
  • Schools

It is suggested that you take a video of your neighborhood or the area you want to map in order to easily remember places.

What to put in an earthquake survival kit

Last night, in the wake of the news surrounding the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and with the realization that a Big One in Manila is imminent, my husband and I started discussing what we would put in our own earthquake survival kit.

Our initial list consisted of the following:

  • Phones and phone chargers
  • Laptops, laptop chargers, external hard drive that contains seven years’ worth of memories
  • Copies of important documents (birth and marriage certificates, passports)
  • Checkbook (just so it’s secure)
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Changes of clothes and basic toilettries
  • Drinking water
  • Crackers and some canned goods
  • Alcohol and insect repellent
  • Paper, pens, Swiss knife and basic tools

We didn’t get to finish our list, but other online resources showed that following should also be included in an earthquake survival kit:

  • Can opener – Of course, to open the canned goods (Why didn’t I think of that?)
  • Money – Another “of course” (although I had already assumed that my wallet and organizers would be in my bag
  • First-aid kit
  • Blankets
  • Grill or camp stove
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Water should be at least three days’ worth
  • Water purification tablets
  • Wrench – To switch off water and gas supply at home
  • Disinfectant (like chlorine)
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • Gas/dust mask
  • Trash bags
  • Portable (or solar-powered) radio
  • Photos of family members – in case people go missing and you need references to locate them