Crisis preparation and safety

Updated: 29 Dec 2016
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Learn how to be safe in a major crisis, such as floods, pandemics, terrorist attacks and war.

Learn how to be safe in a major crisis, such as floods, pandemics, terrorist attacks and war.

Tips

  • Keep a well-stocked emergency kit at home.
  • Add the word “ICE” to important phone contacts on your mobile phone, e.g. "ICE Mum", "ICE John Tan". SCDF officers who pick up your phone during an emergency will call these numbers.
  • Join the Community Emergency Preparedness Programme to pick up first aid and emergency skills.

Flood

Flood image

When it happens:

  • During the monsoon season between Nov and late Jan
  • After a heavy storm

Where it happens:

  • Low-lying and construction-dense areas

A full list of flood prone areas can be found on the PUB website.

What to do:

Pandemics & HFMD

Pandemics image
Image by Sarihuella Sari. Used under CC BY 2.0 licence.

What it is:

  • Pandemic: An epidemic of infectious disease that spreads across regions or even worldwide
  • Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD): A contagious infection common among children under 5 years of age. It is usually mild. Painkillers can be used to relieve symptoms, but there is no specific treatment available

What to do:

Terrorist attacks

Terrorist attacks
Image by Kathryn Greenhill. Used under CC BY-SA 2.0 licence.

What they are:

  • Chemical threats: Chemical substances that kill or incapacitate people upon inhalation or skin contact
  • Biological threats: Living microorganisms that kill or incapacitate people mainly through contaminated food and water sources
  • Bomb threats: Unattended parcels containing explosives, usually left in crowded places (e.g. public transportation) or mailed to high-profile institutions

What to do:

Wartime emergencies

Wartime emergencies

What to do:

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