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Published: 06 Oct 2017 09:31AM (Singapore)
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SGSecure in the Community: Yuhua EP Day
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What does one do in the event of a terror attack? Home Team News took part in the Yuhua Emergency Preparedness (EP) Day on 30 September 2017 to find out.
 
By Muhamad Khair
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On 30 September 2017, a quiet neighbourhood in west-side Singapore was jolted by the sounds of gunshots. Armed gunmen, their faces covered in cloth, stormed into the Yuhua Market and Hawker Centre. Warning shots were fired – people started running amok, screaming and reacting in shock.

This wasn’t a typical scene for 9am breakfast-goers that day.

Scenario exercise
An armed gunman during the scenario exercise at the Yuhua Emergency Preparedness (EP) day – the guns were loaded with blanks. PHOTO: Olivier Lee

As realistic as it all seemed, this was part of a scenario exercise during the Yuhua Emergency Preparedness (EP) day held on 30 September 2017. The terror was staged, but the threat of a possible terror attack happening at a place like a coffee shop, never felt more real.

Being Prepared, Before It Happens

Scenario exercises like these allow the community to prepare themselves for a terrorist attack. Trained residents, also known as Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members are put to the test – they would perform Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), as well as use the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to “save” lives.

The scenario exercise also reminds residents on the need to run, hide and tell, in times of a crisis.

ERT offficers at Yuhua EP Day
Emergency Response Team (ERT) diffusing the situation during the scenario exercise. PHOTO: Olivier Lee

Role-playing as a lifesaver that day was three-year CERT member Mr Volkau Igor, 50.

Helping keep Singapore safe and secure is no different for the Russian Permanent Resident (PR), who came to Singapore in 2002.

Though he’s not a citizen, Singapore feels like home to him. A sense of belonging to the community has motivated him to volunteer actively as a CERT member – he is always on standby at community events such as National Day celebrations and block parties, to render help when needed.

The father of one said, “It’s either you are a victim, or you take action – I prefer to do something, and help other people. Hopefully it will compel others to do the same.”

Volkau Igor at Yuhua EP Day
Mr Volkau Igor feels passionately about the need to contribute to the SGSecure movement. PHOTO: Olivier Lee

SGSecure Murals That Tell a Story

Also present that Saturday morning were Secondary One and Two students and their teachers from Crest Secondary School (CSS) who presented four SGSecure-themed murals to the public.

Crest Secondary Students at Yuhua EP Day
The students and teachers from Crest Secondary School, who proudly presented their art pieces to the public. PHOTO: Olivier Lee

The young artists are from the Visual Arts Club, a co-curricular activity in CSS. They had worked tirelessly for months after school hours to produce the paintings. Some Jurong East Neighbourhood Police Centre officers and Yuhua Zone 1 & 6 grassroot leaders also joined the students in a painting session held on 13 September 2017.

Mohamad Dany Khalifah, 13, a secondary one student from CSS, said that, “SGSecure means protecting my home, my family and protecting my country. I feel very proud that everybody can see our artwork – we put a lot of effort into them.”

Each painting is a mosaic of different artistic interpretations of SGSecure by the students, rooted in portrayals of the community and Singaporean life. In their paintings, they managed to capture the Singapore’s diverse racial makeup as well as the Home Team and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) officers working together.

SGSecure Wall Murals, in postcard form
The four SGSecure Wall Murals (as seen above) were also converted into postcards. They were given out to members of public and the organisations that supported the project: The Lifelong Learning Council, Singapore Police Force and Yuhua Zone 1 & 6 grassroots leaders. PHOTO: Muhamad Khair

Their teacher, Ms Lisa Lok, said, “We wanted them to have ownership of their work – each of them had an idea of what SGSecure meant to them and so we decided to put it all together.”

Those interested to view the four SGSecure Wall Mural Paintings can do so at blocks 241, 251, 258 and 264 at Jurong East Street 24.

Mark your calendars: Join us at the next EP Day happening at the HDB Hub in Toa Payoh Central on 14 October 2017, from 5pm to 8pm. For more information on SGSecure, visit www.sgsecure.sg.

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