In the wake of the recent Typhoon disasters in the Philippines, Projects is calling for volunteers to help with valuable typhoon recovery work.
To help the neighbourhood areas that have been affected by Typhoon or after a major earthquake or other emergency, fire, police and other emergency response agencies may be overburdened and may not be able to reach your community immediately as we see under major typhoons like Haiyan so can it take days before help are coming.
You and your neighbours (or co-workers) may have to take initial emergency response actions and fend for your selves for at least 72 hours (3 days). Past earthquakes and typhoons have shown that the first rescuers on scene are usually volunteers who reside in, work in, or are visiting the area.
Volunteers from the community have played vital roles immediately following disasters by putting out small fires, providing first aid, and searching for and rescuing trapped persons. However, untrained volunteers can endanger their own lives, as well as the lives of those individuals they are trying to assist.
Several communities are working now to organize and train volunteer community response teams in basic emergency response techniques. If a response team has not already been formed in your community, Start one now with other interested individuals to form one for any community (home, work, school, etc.) in which you routinely spend more than 4-6 hours a day. Joining or forming a community response team can greatly improve your chances of surviving an disaster or other emergency and can improve the self-sufficiency of your entire neighbourhood.
A natural disaster is a major adverse event resulting from natural processes of the Earth; examples include floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other geologic processes. A natural disaster can cause loss of life or property damage, and typically leaves some economic damage in its wake, the severity of which depends on the affected population's resilience, or ability to recover and also on the infrastructure available