PA to launch e-book on preparing residents for emergencies

PA to launch e-book on preparing residents for emergencies
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SINGAPORE - The People's Association (PA) will be unveiling its first interactive e-book on preparing residents for emergencies on Oct 26, at The Grand Cathay.

A joint effort by PA's Community Emergency and Engagement Committee (C2E) Council Executive Committee, the e-book is titled 'Towards a Safe and Resilient Community - The Singapore Journey'. It will be a digital platform for residents to gain and share knowledge on being prepared for emergencies to create a safe and resilient community.

According to a media statement from PA, the digital platform is also an eco-friendly resource containing tips, videos and games, and serve as a depository of photo memories of Singapore.

It will provide the user with information on Singapore's defence history and show how the community has evolved from the past.

Mr Justin Foo, BBM, Chairman of the C2E Council EXCO, said PA wanted to publish a book which not only charted Singapore's journey from civil defence volunteers to the where we stand today, but also keep the community prepared with information that can be constantly updated.

Miss Cheryl Yung, 19, said that while her male friends learn about defence in their National Service training, she can keep her community safe by picking up tips from the e-book. "This knowledge will allow me to contribute to my country's defence as it helps prepare me to look after my neighbours and friends in case of emergencies," said Miss Yung.

This April, Madam Mahani Binte Mustani, a resident of West Coast Division, encountered an emergency situation when her neighbour's husband suffered from a possible cardiac arrest. Being trained in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Ms Mahani called an ambulance and monitored his pulse and breathing rate.

She looks forward to sharing her experience in the e-book so that it help encourage people to come forward and help others and know what to do during emergency situations.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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