Channel NewsAsia

Tampines Central residents prepare for emergencies

About 1,000 residents of Tampines Central attended the division's Emergency Preparedness Day, with some getting hands-on experience on what to do during an emergency.

SINGAPORE: About 1,000 residents of Tampines Central attended the division's Emergency Preparedness Day, with some getting hands-on experience on what to do during an emergency.

The area's MP, Heng Swee Keat, who is also education minister, said it is important for neighbours to come together to form cohesive networks.

He said emergencies can take many forms -- whether it is fire, accidents or crime -- and preparation may help to prevent some of them from happening.

Mr Heng explained: "By and large, Singaporeans are fairly well-prepared compared to other countries because our boys do NS (national service) and many of our students are in various uniformed groups, so they do learn the basic skills.

“What is important is that we must keep up with these skills even after our students leave school, and what is important is for our neighbours to come together to form cohesive networks in order to deal with this effectively."

At the annual event, residents tried their hand at putting out fires with an extinguisher and administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Mr Heng urged residents to pick up basic skills, including first aid, and to work together as good neighbours to look out for one another.

He said this could also mean looking out for fire hazards and suspicious characters in the neighbourhood.

Late last year, Tampines Central carried out a block evacuation exercise at 10 blocks in the neighbourhood, and it is planning to do the same this year.

Tweet Photos, Videos and Update on this Story to  #cna