Youtube Facebook Twitter RSS Email Back to top
Youtube Facebook Twitter RSS Email Back to top

login  sign up
search the site
Home Team News
February 22, 2018 Thursday | Last updated on 20/02/2018 12:46PM (Singapore)
 
Latest :
previous next
Home Team News
News
Home Team News
Home Team News Home / News / Is your home disaster-ready?  
Published: 20 Apr 2011 12:29AM (Singapore)
Share this Share via FaceBook Share via Twitter Share via Email Print Friendly Page
Home Team News
 
Is your home disaster-ready?
Home Team News
Should a disaster hit Singapore, would you know what to do? Get yourself prepared, with the Civil Defence Ready Homes programme.
 
By Charissa Tan
Home Team News
Home Team News
Home Team News
Home Team News
Mr Ganesan S/O Kulandai and his wife, who participated in the CD Ready Homes programme, standing against the display of emergency kits necessary for the program. PHOTO: Tan Yi Wen

Earthquakes may not affect Singapore as much but other disasters like a major accident, terrorist attack or flu pandemic could.

That is why being emergency prepared is important so people will know what to do in a crisis.

The Civil Defence Ready Homes Programme aims to encourage families to take ownership of their own safety and learn Civil Defence skills.

A joint initiative between the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), the National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council (NFEC) and the People’s Association (PA), the programme was officially launched on 8th April 2011, at SCDF’s annual workplan seminar.

Using a checklist, residents assess how prepared their households are for emergencies.

The checklist covers aspects like items that a home will need in a crisis such as a first-aid kit and a fire extinguisher.

The proper storage of flammable materials and heat sources, like cooking oil and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders is also on the list.

Families must also go through emergency preparedness training in order to complete the list.

Mr Ganesan S/O Kulandai and his wife, Mdm Kalaich Chelvi D/O Perianan, were among three families who participated in the pre-launch of the CD Ready Homes programme.

As Community Emergency and Engagement (C2E) committee members, Mr and Mrs Ganesan both attended the Community Emergency Preparedness Programme (CEPP).

Attending such a programme, which includes first-aid training, is one of the items on the CD Ready Home checklist.

“We took about 6 months, and spent a lot of time together as a family during the CD Ready Homes Programme,” said senior property officer Mr Ganesan.

“It was all very good. The CD Emergency book has all the emergency guidelines, and steps for us to teach our parents. For neighbours, we arranged to help each other in case of emergencies,” said Mdm Kalaich, who participated in the programme with her husband throughout the six months.


Home Team News
Commissioner of SCDF, Peter Lim, and Mr Masagos Zulfiki pose for a picture, with Mr Mohamed Ibrahim B Abdul Karimone, and his wife, Mdm Siti Al'lauwiyah Binte Mohamed Yusof, one of the three families who participated in the pre-launch of the CD Ready Homes Programme. PHOTO: Charissa Tan

Minister of State for Home Affairs and Education, Mr Masagos Zulkifli, who launched the programme said: “On a national level, if many of our households are emergency ready, then should any emergency happen to our nation, these households will stand ready to react appropriately and with the correct amount of readiness.”

Aside for encouraging families to be prepared for emergencies, the programme hopes to promote neighbourliness in the community too.

Mr Ganesan said: “Our family has definitely spread this Civil Defence awareness to our neighbours. We even arranged to call one another in emergencies so we can help each other quickly before official help comes. This teamwork really makes us all happy working together.”

The CD Ready Homes programme will be made available to the residents at all Civil Defence Division Headquarters, Fire Stations, Fire Posts, Emergency Preparedness Days and community clubs or centres.

To encourage people to take part, SCDF has tied up with sponsors City Gas and General Insurance Association of Singapore (GIA) to run a five month contest.

Held between April to August 2011, the 10 best CD Ready Homes each stand to win $1,500 worth of vouchers from the sponsors.

The top teams must complete the checklist and submit a video or photos of how emergency ready they are, such as preparing a Ready Bag, or family members attending CEPP at Civil Defence Division HQs etc.

For more details, do check out the SCDF site for more information.  

Share this Share via FaceBook Share via Twitter Share via Email Print Friendly Page
 
back to top back to top
   
Home Team News
 
More News:
 
Three Things to Know About Immigration-related Crimes in 2017
   
Five Things to Know About Life-saving Trends in 2017
   
Five Things to Know About Road Safety in 2017
   
 
Home Team News
 
comment If you have a comment to share, please send it to us at [email protected]
 

 

Home Team News
Related Multimedia

  SCDF Mechanical CPR video 
Home Team News
Related Articles
Home Team News
Home Team News   Fire Safety goes high tech
Home Team News
Home Team News   Harnessing technology to save lives video
Home Team News
Related Department
Home Team News Singapore Civil Defence Force
Home Team News
Home Team News
Home Team News
Home Team News
Also On This Site
Home Team News  
When Love Starts at Home
Home Team News
This Valentine’s Day, we speak to two couples who found love as Home...
Home Team News
Home Team News  
Three Things to Know About Immigration-related Crimes in 2017
Home Team News
An overview of key immigration-related enforcement numbers for the...
Home Team News
Home Team News  
A Veteran Officer Shares – CLTPA was Relevant Then, and is Relevant Now
Home Team News
Former Secret Societies Branch officer Mr Lee Swee Thin weighs in on...
Home Team News
Home Team News  
Scam Me, Scam Me Not
Home Team News
It can happen to anyone, a mom with kids or a General Manager of a...
Home Team News
Home Team News

Home Team News FaceBook Page
Home Team News
     
Terms and Conditions | Privacy Statement   Copyright © 2018 Ministry of Home Affairs. All Rights Reserved