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SGSecure: Embracing Emergency Preparedness in Gambas
Two community volunteers share their enthusiasm for spreading the Emergency Preparedness message with fellow residents.

A Yellow Vest, a Warm Smile and Passion

Giving back to the community has always been one of Ms Visalatchi Prakash’s greatest passions. This led the 42-year-old homemaker to volunteer as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member in 2017.

As a CERT member, Ms Visalatchi learnt basic first aid skills, including how to perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), bandage wounds and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). “I became a CERT member because I wanted to use these skills to help my neighbours, friends and family in times of crisis,” said Ms Visalatchi. “You never know when you might need to help save a life or give someone medical aid.”

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Ms Visalatchi Prakash explaining the importance of Emergency Preparedness to fellow residents during the Gambas EP Day. PHOTO: Jaiesh Sachi

Wearing a bright yellow CERT vest and her warmest smile, Ms Vitalatchi put her passion to good use during on Emergency Preparedness (EP) Day at Gambas on 11 March 2018. “I encouraged residents to sign an SGSecure pledge card and devote even a small amount of time towards things like learning first aid skills or even becoming a CERT member like me,” she said.

Ms Visalatchi also took the chance to teach residents about what to do in the event of a terror attack, including following the Run, Hide, Tell advisory and encouraging them to download the SGSecure app – all with a smile, of course. It helps that she happens to be conversant in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

“Even though I only have their attention for a few short minutes, I think it’s important that residents learn as much as they can about Emergency Preparedness,” said Ms Visalatchi. “A terror attack can happen at any time, and we should all be ready to respond and help others when it does!”

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CERT members using an AED to revive a “casualty” during an Emergency Preparedness Demonstration at the Gambas EP Day. PHOTO: Jaiesh Sachi

Constant Engagement is Key

Mr Aloysius Ang is no stranger to community work, having been involved with grassroots activities for over a decade. The 39-year-old has attended multiple EP days in his capacity as a member of the Gambas Community Emergency and Engagement (C2E) committee, and possesses an array of Emergency Preparedness skills.

“I know how to perform CPR, use an AED, bandage wounds and put out fires,” said Mr Ang. “I attend yearly training sessions to renew and refresh my skills because I believe Emergency Preparedness is a continuous learning process.”

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Mr Aloysius Ang began volunteering at the grassroots level in 2008 and has been a member of the Gambas C2E committee for more than two years. PHOTO: Jaiesh Sachi

Mr Ang is grateful that his Emergency Preparedness skills have enabled him to help his fellow residents on more than one occasion. He vividly recalls the first time he rendered aid to a person in need. “An elderly man slipped and fell onto the ground in front of me and cut his arm. I helped him bandage and dress the wound before sending him to a see a doctor,” said Mr Ang. “He was very thankful, and his gratitude motivated me to devote my spare time to teaching others about Emergency Preparedness.”


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Scenes from Gambas EP Day. PHOTOS: Jaiesh Sachi

“It’s important that our community volunteers constantly engage residents when it comes to Emergency Preparedness,” he said. “Knowing first aid and firefighting can help you save a life in times of crisis.”

Other articles on EP Day

SGSecure: Faces of the Community
SGSecure: Emergency Preparedness the Marine Parade Way
SGSecure in the Community: Yuhua EP Day
Preparing Singaporeans for Crises Through Revamped Emergency Preparedness Day

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  1. by Jaiesh Sachi
  2. 14 March 2018
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