Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

SingaporeConnect has spoken with the Singapore Consulate-General in the past about emergency and disaster preparedness.
The advice from the Consulate-General is that Singaporeans should be prepared for emergencies and disasters, which can happen anywhere, including in the Bay Area. 

Let the Consulate-General Mission in San Francisco know of your presence, so in the event of an emergency, they have a list of who and where all the Singaporeans in the Bay Area are. The link to this is at: Links

The best preparation is actually more like "every man for himself", not so overtly, but not so far off. It means, every individual should be trained and prepared for him or herself to take care of him or herself, meaning, not assuming by default that help will be at hand, but planning to have the basic resources at hand with oneself to survive an emergency. For example, this pertains to having shoes next to your bed, so if there is broken glass, you will not have to risk a cut on your bare feet to find your shoes. Having stocks of non-perishable food, a means to prepare/consume them (meaning, can opener at hand, forks, etc.), potable water, a battery-operated radio for information, etc. Doing what it takes to "protect" your property or furniture from toppling or getting damaged easily. Knowing how to turn off water, gas, and electricity supplies.

Overall, this is being prepared, whether at one's home, workplace, or while travelling, for a disaster to happen, any time.

This also extends to knowing who are the disaster responders in the community and what they will do in the event of an disaster. One will have to know that they will be overwhelmed in a large-scale disaster, but the better one knows how they will respond and what their resources are, the better one can get helped by them too.

Thus, the recommendation is to get familiar with the "Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT)". 

Next, it is to have an emergency kit on hand, always.

Be Prepared for an Emergency! 

Consider turning a Back Pack into an Emergency Kit!

In an Emergency, the first responders are YOU. 

Many services such as electricity, gas, and water may be out.

Cell phone and landline service may be spotty.

Police, ambulance, firemen, and other civil defence responders may not prioritise rescuing you. The Singapore Consulate-General in San Francisco has a staff of five and cannot help all the thousands of Singaporeans and their families on an individual basis. 

You must be prepared to survive the “first 72 hours” after an emergency. In fact, there is a website, http://www.sf72.org just focused on this important piece of preparation.

As a quick list, do prepare these items at home and keep them in a plastic bin on wheels that you can move easily :

  • Water – 3 liters per person per day
  • Food – ready to eat or requiring minimal water
  • Manual can opener and other cooking supplies
  • Plates, utensils and other feeding supplies
  • First Aid kit & instructions
  • Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, hand sanitiser and soap
  • Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows

If you haven’t already, why not add pack some items to make your Fun Pack an Emergency Kit? Here’s what it will take to make it a “Go Bag” that you can turn to if you had to leave your house or car at a short notice.

  • Flashlight
  • Radio – battery operated; extra cell phone and charger
  • Batteries
  • Whistle
  • Pocket knife
  • Emergency cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls
  • Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, and a warm hat
  • Local map
  • Some water and food
  • Permanent marker, paper and tape
  • Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
  • List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food
  • Copy of health insurance and identification cards
  • Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items
  • Prescription medications and first aid supplies
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Extra keys to your house and vehicle

There have been workshops in the past offered by these teams. 

It is not a bad idea to find some time to attend such workshop. An example of a prior one is below. (it was previously sent out to the email list). 

Here are some brochures from the Santa Clara Fire Department that you may like to review:
2014_06_15_17_41_12_Santa Clara_Become_A Volunteer_Firefighter.pdf

Here's a guide to disaster recovery and planning especially for those of you with small businesses:





San Francisco Fire Department Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT)

WHO: For everyone - bring your friends, family and neighbors!

WHAT: Free Ready Yourself Workshop

This workshop will cover what everyone should know to prepare personally, as a business and as a community for a disaster, large or small. Topics Include:

  •   Risk Awareness

  •   Disaster Supplies

  •   Personal Disaster Planning

  •   Utilities Overview

  •   NERT Overview

  •   What is SF SAFE?

WHERE: SFFDDivisionofTrainingBldg.
2310 Folsom Street @ 19
th Street (enter through the gate on the 19th street

side. Parking is available in the rear of the lot against the wall)

HOW: RSVP to sffdnert@sfgov.org or call 415-970-2024 to register For more information about NERT, visit www.sfgov.org/sfnert

And about SF SAFE and Neighborhood Watch, visit www.safe.org WHY: For your safety in times of emergency, it matters what you do today!!! 

You can also get to know your local emergency responders by visiting police stations and fire stations during their open houses.


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