SINGAPORE: Singaporeans from all walks of life were given hands-on lessons in coping with emergencies on Saturday (Mar 19).
This was part of the 'Stay Prepared' initiative – a community outreach effort by Temasek Cares, the philanthropic arm of Temasek Holdings, which helps the public to prepare for unexpected events and crises.
The initiative was launched in 2014, supported by a S$75 million Temasek Emergency Preparedness (T-PREP) Fund. It aims to prepare Singaporeans for a range of emergencies, and provide assistance to the public alongside community groups and VWOs.
At the outreach event at Tampines Mall, members of the public were taught crucial skills. They received hands-on lessons in using automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for cases of cardiac arrest and learnt how to apply continuous chest compression resuscitation techniques to save lives.
They also got to try on AIR+ Smart Masks and ventilators that help protect children and seniors from emergencies like a severe haze or flu pandemic.
Temasek Cares chairman Richard Magnus said the 'Stay Prepared' programme complements SG Secure, a national movement designed to enhance Singapore's community-level response to terror threats, which was announced by Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on Friday.
"'Stay Prepared' is a community-based programme. It really equips the family members within the community. It equips the individual to be able to be calm, to be able to know how to respond to unexpected events,” said Mr Magnus.
The community event is a joint effort between Temasek Cares and ST Engineering, KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Singapore Heart Foundation, SMRT and the Singapore Civil Defence Force.
The event at Tampines runs till Mar 20.