Sometimes, Daddy acts paranoid and wonder whether we know how to react during a crisis. How do we Stay Prepared?
If the adults are not prepared, what more the kids?
What happens when a fire breakout? A lift breakdown?
Do we know which number to dial?
Do kids know how (and where) to shout for help?
More crisis scenarios.
How many of us have experience water and food rationing before?
Do we know where is the nearest bomb shelter (MRT)?
(are you really going to hide in your HDB bomb shelter?)
The Little India riot shows how helpless we can be.
Do we wait for riot police to control the situation?
Do we listen for latest updates on FM radio or TV channel?
What if our TV network is down?
Too many IFs ! We need an Emergency checklist.
It is up to us parents to raise our kids’ safety awareness.
If we adults do not know how to Stay Prepared for an emergency, the kids would be worse off.
Here are some of the basic things which we teach our kids :
1) In the event of a fire.
– evacuate everyone outside
– ask neighbours to call 995
– if fire is huge, head for staicase escape route, walk down the stairs
Kids must know where are the keys, and tall enough to open the doors and run outside.
(We have to assume that adults might be unconscious)
Video : Dry run – Kids walking down HDB staircase
2) Do we know what to do if someone suffers a burn, cut or fall?
Do we know how to apply first aid? (Boon Kang’s bad fall)
We need to improve our civic mindfulness too. Some of us have the “not my business” or “someone will do it” mentality. We often heard stories of how vehicles refuse to give way to ambulances !
Video : Look at how Germany give way to emergency services
More information about First Aid
– SCDF courses (Learn about First AID, CPR, AED)
– refer poster above, do check with your RC or CC whether they have First Aid awareness courses
– Rapid Rescue App, sends a signal to the nearest First Aider (not available for Android)
4) Besides the First Aid box, an Emergency Grab Bag will come in useful too.
More about Stay Prepared campaign.
During a war, or terrorist attack, how do we respond? How do we keep in contact?
Some of the things which we take for granted :
– FM radio
– can opener (during Reservist, we realised cocktails cans are useless without the can opener!)
Sometimes, we always assume that Somehow Someone will know Something!
(or worse, government will handle everything)
If we parents are not prepared, who will protect our family?
– Every Sat from 9 to 11am, do pop by your neighbourhood Fire Stations open house. Take the opportunity to educate the kids about safety awareness (our Fire station visit)