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Maptastic! Innovative crisis and disaster risk reduction toolkits, combining high-tech innovation with low-tech solutions building resilience in vulnerable communities before disasters strike

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Youth-based disaster risk reduction toolkit in an era of climate change Part 1: Maptastic! 101 How many times a year have you… …missed going to school because streets were flooded?

…evacuated because your home was destroyed by a typhoon?

…cried because someone you know lost his life in a calamity? You are not alone. Many Filipinos get affected by disasters such as typhoons and flooding. In your community alone, there might be hundreds of families, including yours, who are vulnerable to calamities. We expect more extreme weather caused by climate change. Young Filipinos can act to adapt and/or limit its disastrous effects.

The question is, what can YOU do to help? STEP ONE For starters, you can create a MAPTASTIC! map of your community. No one knows the back alleys, the low-lying areas or the evacuation centers (i.e., the school, the church, etc.) more than you do. Knowing where to find safety during typhoons and how to get there, can protect your family members as well as other residents in your area. STEP TWO • Go around your community armed with a pen and
• Draw a map of your area and mark community
landmarks such as schools, churches, city hall, etc.
Indicate which parts of your neighborhood are at
risk during floods and typhoons.
• Ask fellow residents for added information on
• Take your map to the assigned community
coordinator to be validated. Don’t worry,
your parents and other adults in your
neighborhood will be there to help you
finalize the map. Find out where danger lies A Community Map for All All maps you and your friends make will be combined into a BIG map of your community.

Validated and finalized, it will be made into a billboard and will be posted in key areas in your community. The map will also be uploaded online so that anyone, from anywhere in the world, can see your village.

People can even download the map too! This way, the map you have created will be able to reduce disaster risk and arm your community with information on possible impacts of bad weather. Part 2: Here are some map-making basics: How to Make a Map Mapping the Impact of Bad Weather Maps don’t just show you where to go, they can highlight danger from flooding, mud slides and other life-threatening risks. Here’s a flood risk map of Manila made by volunteers. Look at those broad red areas, this is where rivers regularly flood, bringing misery to the communities living alongside them. Floods also bring malaria and dengue in their wake and are a real menace. What are all the different symbols? When drawing a map, you will find that you have to label lots of things you draw, such as a shop or a church, so other people can tell what they are. You can use different shapes, colours and symbols to show all the roads, buildings, rivers, etc. Maps usually have a key that explains the symbols and their meanings. Which direction am I going? Just as it is important to know which is your left and your right hand, in map reading it is important to understand where north, east, south and west are.
If you are walking in a direction half way between two of the points of a compass, you can say you are heading north-east, south-east, south-west or north-west, depending on the direction. How do we measure distance? It is always important to know how far you have to travel and how long it is going to take you. You can measure this distance either in a straight line (as the crow flies) or following a winding route such as a country lane. How are hills and
mountains shown on a map? The ability to understand the shape of the ground from a map is a useful skill to learn. The height and shape of the ground is
shown on 1:25 000 scale maps
by brown contour lines.
A contour is a line drawn on a
map that joins points of equal
height above sea level. Part 3: The Maptastic! Challenge Before you start drawing your map, here’s a little pop quiz: 1. What causes extreme weather like super
typhoons and droughts?


Climate change

Maps 2. What is on the opposite side of North? East


South If you know the right answer, call our MAPTASTIC! Hotline at 230-1600. The first 10 callers who answer both questions correctly will win P100 worth of load. Join now! Ready?
Try drawing a map of your community that shows risks, hazards, evacuation centers then share with us! Location: Mindanao | Barangay: New Bataan Maptastic is a project of IOM's communications unit.
For more information or to find out how you can help contact ocu@iom.int IOM supports vulnerable populations affected by natural and man-made disasters Partnership: SE Asia and the Caribbean The wrath of Bopha Typhoon Bopha caused
some 2000 deaths in 2012 In 2012, the Philippines became the country with the highest number of fatalities from a natural disaster worldwide Helping victims of Bopha... Humanitarian Response 2012-2013 IOM is helping victims of Typhoon Bopha in Mindanao.
Shelter cluster coordinates with IOM, Save the Children, Red Cross, Plan, CRS People were unprepared for Typhoon Bopha 300 fishermen were lost at sea
500 people drowned in Andap.
Nearly 2000 died in all. The biggest global casualty rate in 2012
These were avoidable tragedies IOM works worldwide with vulnerable communities
worldwide as part of its migration mandate. Behavior change saves lives... Communities participate in climate change adaptation initiatives
Community risk assessments transform into large billboard maps
Country's baseline and risk map is enhanced Local Knowledge

Our disaster risk reduction toolkit builds capacity and enables communities adapt in the face of climate change Communities need workable adaptation strategies to prepare for disasters caused by extreme weather. Communities offer the "wisdom of the crowd" Feedback Loops Project transparency ensured through calls and texts to monitor progress of the risk reduction strategy South East Asia is disaster prone The Philippines is especially vulnerable Prevention is the best cure Four pilot communities – two urban, two coastal/rural. These communities are considered to be high-risk areas during calamities.
Youth volunteers will lead the initiative in mapping their communities. A two- way communication strategy Cartoon media, audio programs played on board jeepneys and shared videos spread key messages on: Health; Trafficking; Preparedness.
Incentives encourage feedback and transparency. Radio Jeepney The Maptastic Curriculum... More preparation would have saved lives... All aboard to learn about Maptastic! Government led risk mapping The community-based disaster risk reduction toolkit helping people understand risks and prepare for emergencies Bonus outcome! Increased community resilience, protection of livelihoods, reduced food insecurity, "Disasters should not happen before we begin to take action. We should arm our local government officials with the right tools to ensure that our nation is always prepared and resilient in disasters," Senator Loren Legarda Natural Disaster Risk Reduction
GeoHazard mapping
Environment department (DENR)
Social Welfare department (DSWD) Maptastic! supports Disaster Risk reduction
Epidemics surveillance
Counter Trafficking
Displacement Monitoring
Emergency response
Needs analysis
Skills development
Health education For example... Helping adaptation to climate change
Innovative crisis and disaster prevention toolkits, combining high-tech innovation with low-tech solutions building resilience in vulnerable communities before disasters strike
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