SINGAPORE: Nearly 1,000 Sembawang residents learnt hands—on, how to act during emergencies at an annual event on Sunday.
Sembawang’s annual Emergency Preparedness Day was graced by National Development Minister and Sembawang grassroots adviser Khaw Boon Wan.
In a mock—up scenario at the event, a call was made to alert firefighters of an emergency about a car that has caught fire in a multi—storey carpark.
But before they arrive, specially—trained volunteers from the Community Emergency and Response Team (CERT) were already at the scene, equipped with fire extinguishers and basic medical supplies. They put out the fire, evacuated victims and provided first—aid to the injured.
At the event, residents were taught the critical skills needed during real emergencies, and how to prevent them. For example, replacing rusty screws on hinges to ensure windows do not become loose.
The carnival was facilitated by 300 CERT members, mostly grassroots leaders and residents, who managed interactive booths to share their knowledge with the community. Other educational activities also included skits and the distribution of handbooks.
The event hopes to empower residents with the skills needed to help themselves and their neighbours in times of emergencies.
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