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Waze's Crisis Response Feature for Taal Lets You Find Donation Centers, Updates on Road Closures, And More

Here's how you can stay safe and help out.
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It has been more than a week since the Taal Volcano first erupted on Sunday, January 12. Alert Level 4 is still raised over the area, while the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has advised everyone within a 14-kilometer radius of the main crater to evacuate.

If you are wondering how to help out or are heading over there to volunteer, then you may want to check out Waze. The navigation app is now on Crisis Reponse mode. You can use it to head to donation centers near you, take note of roads affected by the Taal eruptions, and know whether you're headed somewhere within the evacuation zone.

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For those looking to offer help in-kind, type in "Donate" in the destination search bar to find the nearest center. Currently, the Waze team lists 10 donation centers. The three within Metro Manila are:

  • 8001 Camia, Makati, City
  • Padre Faura Street, Manila
  • 55 C.P. Garcia Avenue, Quezon City

You can also find donation centers in Cavite, Laguna, and Baguio, as well as selected McDonald's branches.

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Plus, if you're heading anywhere near the main crater, Waze has already charted off the 14-kilometer radius as an evacuation zone. If your targeted destination falls within that area, the app will notify you that you are driving into what the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has dubbed a "danger zone."

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Waze is continuously updating road closures and emergency shelters after verifying information, according to a statement. The app reported 308 road closures on January 17, though with Taal's continued unrest, you may want to keep on the lookout for any changes. 

This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by Esquiremag.ph editors.

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