Starter kits with N95 masks to be given to 1.2 million households

PHOTO: Starter kits with N95 masks to be given to 1.2 million households

SINGAPORE - A total of 1.2 million 'Stay Prepared' Starter Kits will be distributed by Singapore Power and Singapore Post to all households in Singapore from May 6 to 12.

Each 'Stay Prepared' Starter Kit contains three 3M N95 face masks, instructions on how to wear the masks and emergency contact numbers.

The initiative by Temasek Cares - the non-profit, philanthropic arm of Temasek Holdings - aims to encourage individuals and families to be prepared for emergencies.

Over the next few days, some 1,200 postmen and postwomen will distribute the kits to every HDB and high-rise household. In addition, Singapore Power has mobilised their meter readers, technicians and staff volunteers to distribute the kits.

About 17,000 Starter Kits will also be delivered to charity homes, and another 300,000 kits have been prepared on standby for needy families in case of severe haze or flu pandemic emergencies.

If the kit cannot be delivered to a postal address, residents will receive a delivery advice with information on where they can collect them. Singapore Power has set up a hotline where members of the public can get information about the delivery.

The delivery hotline (Tel: 1800-738-2000) will be in operation from May 5 to May 24, 2014, from 8am to 8pm daily.

The 'Stay Prepared' Starter Kits programme and the umbrella 'Stay Prepared' initiative are backed by the Temasek Emergency Preparedness Fund, which was established by Temasek Holdings with an endowment of $40m in March 2014.

More information on the initiative is available at www.stayprepared.sg. Useful tips on how individuals and families can prepare their own emergency grab bags can be found at www.e101.gov.sg.

Health advisory on haze or other health hazards may be found at www.moh.gov.sg or www.moh.gov.sg/haze.

Weather, air and other climatic or pollution developments may be tracked on www.nea.gov.sg.

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