Emergency Preparedness

The People’s Association (PA) Emergency Preparedness (EP) seeks to strengthen the understanding and ties between people of different races and religions, impart EP skills and knowledge with an aim to build a safer and more resilient community.

Through PA and its Grassroots'  EP / Community Engagement (CE) Programmes, residents will not only acquire EP skills and take part in emergency exercises, but also learn about the importance of racial harmony as a fundamental building block in strengthening our social fabric. The objective of the EP/CE Programmes is to help the community stay calm, be resilient during emergencies and return to normalcy as quickly as possible.

Emergency Preparedness Programme

Emergency Preparedness ProgrammeTake part in EP programme organised by our Grassroots Organisations to make us more prepared; respond effectively to emergencies and render help promptly. This can be achieved through joining our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT); participate in EP Days; learn useful skills such as Standard First Aid; attend Community EP Programme and other EP-related courses jointly organised with the Homefront Agencies.

Community Engagement

Community Engagement ProgrammeThe CE Programme seeks to strengthen the social cohesiveness and harmony among residents. It prepares residents to respond and react swiftly should there be a terrorist attack or possible communal conflict in Singapore. Programmes organised under CE include understanding cultural practices through exhibition panels set up at community events, visits to religious and cultural sites and dialogues with community partners.

Community First Responder Programme

Community First Responder ProgrammeThe Community First Responder Programme (CFRP), a collaboration between PA, MOH and SCDF, aims to enhance the community's level of preparedness and responsiveness in emergencies. Fully subsidised courses available for residents are:

  • Half day Standard First Aid and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness
  • Half day Certified Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) + Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Join our CERT and Interest Groups

A wide range of EP/CE activities and programmes are organised at the constituencies all year round. Through the Community Emergency and Engagement Committee (C2E) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), PA and its GROs work with other government agencies to prepare, train and support the community to deal with emergencies which include the threat of terrorism. Members of the community are strongly encouraged to know their fellow residents, build trust and bond the community through joining CERTs or EP/CE Neighbourhood Support Groups (NSGs)/Interest Groups (IGs).

Community Emergency Response Team

CERT is an organised group of volunteers equipped with specialised training to respond to emergencies and assist the community in the recovery process. The main role of the CERT is to strengthen the emergency response capabilities of the local community. All CERT members would be trained in Standard First Aid (SFA), Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED), Managing Crisis Behaviour (MCB) and other EP related courses to enable them to carry out duties in times of activation. During normal times, CERT members will be deployed for national level events such as PA Chingay Celebrations, National Day Parade and F1 to perform simple first aid and crowd control duties.

EP/CE Neighbourhood Support Groups/Interest Groups

All residents are encouraged to get to know their neighbours and form or join Neighbourhood Support Groups (NSGs)/Interest Groups (IGs) to build bond, promote neighbourliness and help one another in times of emergencies. IGs with themes such as Life-Saving and CERT-on-Patrol, have been formed to create greater awareness in EP/CE and support the community in dealing with crisis and emergencies should such needs arise.

Life-Saving Interest Group:
Residents trained in SFA, CPR and AED gather to share life-saving tips, refresh their skills and get to know one another better at the same time.

CERT-on-Patrol Interest Group:
Residents form CERT-on-Patrol to look after the safety and security of their neighbourhoods with support from the Police.

Residents can also visit the nearest Community Clubs/Centres to sign up or for more details on EP/CE Programmes.

Page updated 21 Nov 2019