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About 'Stay Prepared' Starter Kits

Singapore is a safe city. However, unforeseen events can impact us at any time. The 'Stay Prepared' Starter Kits programme aims to help people in Singapore cope with emergencies and crisis situations through the distribution of 'Stay Prepared' Starter Kits to every household. Each starter kit contains three 3MTM N95 face masks, instructions on how to wear the masks and emergency contact numbers.

In total, 1.2 million 'Stay Prepared' Starter Kits will be distributed to all residential postal addresses in Singapore. This nationwide programme is a collaboration between Temasek Foundation Cares and Singapore Power, supported by Singapore Post.

The intent of the 'Stay Prepared' Starter Kits is to encourage people in Singapore to start thinking about, and preparing for various emergencies and unforeseeable events. The delivery of three face masks will ensure that each household has an initial supply in the event of an outbreak of pandemic flu or the haze returns at unhealthy levels.

Being prepared ensures that you and your family are more resilient and ready when the unexpected happens. The 'Stay Prepared' Starter Kit, supplemented with a personal emergency grab bag of essential items will help you and your family to be better prepared.

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What's in your 'Stay Prepared' Starter Kit

About the Haze

Singapore has been affected by severe smoke haze due to forest fires periodically. This is due to the common practice of open burning to clear land for agricultural use. It can be made worse by dry seasons, changes in wind direction and poor precipitation. Prevailing winds sometimes carry smoke haze produced by the forest fires over Singapore’s skies. This is especially so during the Southwest Monsoon Season.

While the ultimate solution to the issue of haze lies in collaborative efforts to reduce the burning of forest cover, Singapore is also taking action to ensure that its population is better equipped to deal with haze when it occurs. This includes early warning of haze, measurement and dissemination of air quality information, and guidelines for dealing with haze related issues by the National Environment Agency.

How to protect yourself

The health impact of haze depends on your health status (e.g. pre-existing chronic heart or lung disease), the PSI (Pollutant Standards Index) level, as well as the duration and intensity of outdoor activity or exposure to the haze.

Reducing outdoor activities and physical exertion can help limit the ill effects from haze exposure. Persons who are not feeling well, especially the elderly and children, and those with chronic heart or lung conditions, should seek medical attention.

Who should wear a mask and when to do so

A healthy person who has to be outdoors for several hours when the air quality is in the hazardous range (PSI >300) may reduce exposure by wearing a N95 mask.

People with chronic lung or heart disease, elderly, and pregnant women should avoid or minimize outdoor activity when the air quality is very unhealthy (PSI > 200). If they have to be outdoors for several hours , they may reduce exposure by wearing a N95 mask.

You should take a break from using a N95 mask if you feel uncomfortable. Elderly, pregnant women and people with severe lung or heart problems who have difficulty breathing at rest or on exertion should consult their doctor as to whether they should use the N95 mask.

Women in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy may already have reduced lung volumes or breathing issues. They should stop using a N95 mask if they feel uncomfortable.

Sources: National Environmental Agency, E101, Ministry of Health Singapore

Wear your mask the right way

For a N95 mask to be effective, it is important that you know how to wear it the right way. N95 masks are designed to fit the face of adults and when worn correctly, will filter out at least 95% of fine particles that are about 0.1-0.3 microns.

N95 masks should be fitted properly for each user. Check that the available mask you are using is appropriately sized and covers your nose and mouth comfortably without leaks.

 

 

As there are many types of N95 masks available, ensure you select one which is a good fit for you.

Sources: E101 & Ministry of Health Singapore

Frequently Asked Questions
About the ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit

What is in the ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit?

The ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit contains three 3MTM N95 masks, as well as instructions on how to wear them. It also lists the telephone numbers of emergency and essential services for use in the event of an emergency.

Why does each ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit only have three N95 masks?

The programme to distribute ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kits to all households in Singapore aims to encourage individuals and families to be prepared for emergencies. The Starter Kits ensure that households will have an initial supply of N95 masks in the event of severe haze or a flu pandemic.

Families are encouraged to add the Starter Kits to their personal emergency grab bags. Find out what you should include in your emergency grab bag here.

Why are ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kits being distributed to all homes in Singapore?

‘Stay Prepared’ is an initiative by Temasek Foundation Cares to help build the resilience of the Singapore community to cope with emergencies. It is supported by the Temasek Emergency Preparedness Fund (T-PREP Fund) which was established by Temasek Holdings with an endowment of S$40m in March 2014, as part of its 40th anniversary community initiative.

The programme to distribute ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kits to all households in Singapore aims to encourage individuals and families to be prepared for emergencies. Each Starter Kit contains three 3MTM N95 masks, instructions on how to wear the masks and emergency contact numbers. Individuals and families will find the Starter Kits useful in making their own emergency plans and assembling their personal emergency grab bags.

This programme is conceived by Temasek Foundation Cares in collaboration with Singapore Power, and supported by Singapore Post.

Who is Temasek Foundation Cares?

Temasek Foundation Cares is a Temasek funded non-profit philanthropic organisation that aims to improve the lives of underprivileged individuals, families and communities in Singapore; and to build the capability and capacity of all people in Singapore to be prepared for emergencies.

Set up in 2009 as an Institution of a Public Character, it works in partnership with various voluntary welfare organisations, non-profit organisations, government agencies, Ministries and other institutions to support programmes that contribute to the well-being, dignity, livelihood, and emergency preparedness of its beneficiaries.

For more information, please visit www.temasekfoundation-cares.org.sg

How is Temasek Foundation Cares related to Temasek?

Temasek Foundation Cares was set up in 2009 by Temasek to help improve the lives of underprivileged individuals, families and communities in Singapore, as part of its ongoing commitment to the Singapore community. The activities of Temasek Foundation Cares are funded by endowments from Temasek.

Since Temasek’s inception in 1974, it has committed over S$1.5 billion to community, philanthropic and other worthy causes.

The Temasek Trust was established in 2007 to independently oversee the management and disbursement of Temasek’s philanthropic endowments and gifts.

For more information, please visit www.temasekfoundation-cares.org.sg and www.temasek.com.sg

What is Singapore Power’s and Singapore Post’s role in ‘Stay Prepared’?

Temasek Foundation Cares identifies needs and collaborates with like-minded organisations to deliver programmes that achieve the objectives of the ‘Stay Prepared’ initiative. In this programme, Temasek Foundation Cares is working with Singapore Power, and supported by Singapore Post, to deliver ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kits to every household in Singapore.

Regarding the delivery of the ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit

When will I receive the ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit?

Delivery of the ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kits by Singapore Post and Singapore Power started on 6 May 2014. You should receive your ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit by 12 May 2014.

I did not receive a ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit. Where can I collect it?

On or before 12 May 2014:

Singapore Power and Singapore Post will deliver the ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kits from 6 May – 12 May 2014.

After 12 May 2014:

If you did not receive the ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit, it could have been because the kit could not be placed in your letterbox. As such, you should have received a Delivery Advice notice.

With the Delivery Advice notice, you can collect your ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit from any Singapore Post Office branch within 10 working days from the date of issue stated on the Delivery Advice. The person collecting the ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit must bring his/her original NRIC or FIN, along with the original copy of the Delivery Advice.

For more information about the opening hours of each Singapore Post Office branch, please click here.

My family member or relative received a Delivery Advice from Singapore Post or Singapore Power regarding the ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit. Can I collect this on their behalf even though I am not living with them?

Yes, you may do so. To collect the ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit, you must bring the original Delivery Advice they received, your NRIC or FIN within 10 working days from the date of issue stated on the Delivery Advice.

I did not receive a ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit or a Delivery Advice. Will I be able to collect a ‘Stay Prepared’ Kit?

Our delivery personnel will leave a Delivery Advice if they are unable to insert the ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit into your letterbox.

In the unlikely event that you did not receive a Delivery Advice, either you or anyone living at the same address may collect a ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit from the main counter at the Singapore Post Centre Post Office, at 10 Eunos Road 8 #01-02, opposite Paya Lebar MRT Station.

The person collecting must bring his/her original NRIC or FIN. Each official address will receive only one ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit. If you are collecting on behalf of a family member/ relative, you must bring your NRIC or FIN to Singapore Post Centre.

All claims for a Starter Kit must be made by 27 May 2014.

Singapore Post Centre Post Office is open from Mondays to Fridays, 8:30am to 9pm Saturdays 8.30am to 4pm and Sundays 10:30am to 4pm.

I have misplaced my Delivery Advice. Will I be able to collect a ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit?

Our delivery personnel will leave a Delivery Advice if they are unable to insert the ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit into your letterbox.

In the unlikely event that you did not receive a Delivery Advice, either you or anyone living at the same address may collect a ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter kit from the main counter at the Singapore Post Centre Post Office, at 10 Eunos Road 8 #01-02, opposite Paya Lebar MRT Station.

The person collecting must bring his/her original NRIC or FIN. Each official address will receive only one ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit. If you are collecting on behalf of a family member/ relative, you must bring your NRIC or FIN to Singapore Post Centre.

All claims for a Starter Kit must be made by 27 May 2014.

Exchanging damaged ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit

Can I exchange my N95 masks if the packaging or masks are damaged?

Yes, you may do so at the main counter of the Singapore Post Centre Post Office, at 10 Eunos Road 8 #01-02, opposite Paya Lebar MRT Station.

The person doing the exchange must bring his/her original NRIC or FIN and the packaging containing all the N95 masks.

If you are exchanging on behalf of a family member/ relative, you must bring the packaging with all N95 masks received and your NRIC or FIN.

All exchanges for a new ‘Stay Prepared’ Kit must be done by 27 May 2014. No exchanges of any defective ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kits will be made after that.

Singapore Post Centre Post Office is open from Mondays to Fridays, 8:30am to 9pm, Saturdays 8:30am to 4pm and Sundays 10:30am to 4pm

Is there a deadline to collect the ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit?

You will need to collect your ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit from any Singapore Post Office branch within 10 working days from the date of issue stated on the Delivery Advice.

In the event that you do not have a Delivery Advice, you will need to collect your ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit by 27 May 2014 from the Singapore Post Centre.

Instructions on how to use the N95 masks

What should I do in the event of a haze? When should I be wearing a mask?

A healthy person who has to be outdoors for several hours when the air quality is in the hazardous range (PSI >300) may reduce exposure by wearing a N95 mask.

People with chronic lung or heart disease, elderly, and pregnant women should avoid or minimize outdoor activity when the air quality is very unhealthy (PSI > 200). If they have to be outdoors for several hours , they may reduce exposure by wearing a N95 mask.

You should take a break from using a N95 mask if you feel uncomfortable. Elderly, pregnant women and people with severe lung or heart problems who have difficulty breathing at rest or on exertion should consult their doctor as to whether they should use the N95 mask.

Women in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy may already have reduced lung volumes or breathing issues. They should stop using a N95 mask if they feel uncomfortable.



Source: Ministry of Health

Please visit the National Environmental Agency website, the Ministry of Health Singapore website or the Emergency 101 to learn more about what to do during a haze.

What should I do in the event of an influenza outbreak?

To learn more about influenza and how to fight the flu, please visit the Health Promotion Board website.

How do I wear my N95 mask?

Please click here for a step-by-step guide on how to wear the N95 mask.

For best effect, the N95 mask needs to be fitted properly. To check for proper fit, please ensure that the mask is appropriately sized and covers your nose and mouth comfortably without leaks.

Can I reuse my N95 mask?

You can reuse your N95 mask. However, you should change it when it gets dirty or looks distorted. For reasons of hygiene, you should not share your mask with others.

Do the N95 masks provided in the kit meet safety and quality standards?

The N95 masks are certified NIOSH-approved. This means the masks are certified by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to have 95% filter efficiency.

Will the mask provided in the ‘Stay Prepared’ Kit fit a child? Will there be a distribution of smaller N95 masks that are suitable for children?

The N95 masks in the ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kit have not been designed to fit a child’s face. The masks need to maintain a well-fitted seal at all times, which may be difficult to achieve in children or may cause discomfort.

Although certain types of N95 masks are available for sale for young children, they have not been certified by Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority or the US Food and Drug Administration.

For some teenagers, smaller-sized N95 masks may fit them. When in doubt, please ensure that there is a tight seal around the mask.

Older children with chronic heart and lung conditions should seek medical advice first before wearing the mask.

Households will be receiving ‘Stay Prepared’ Starter Kits, which they can add to their own emergency grab bags.

Can everyone wear the N95 masks?

Women in advanced stages of pregnancy, children, adults or the elderly with chronic heart and lung conditions should seek medical advice first before wearing the mask. Please seek medical advice or stop using the N95 mask if you feel uncomfortable.

What are the effects of wearing a N95 mask?

It takes more effort to breathe when you wear a N95 mask. For some people, this may cause discomfort in breathing, tiredness or headaches. For most people, this is not serious.

However, women in advanced stages of pregnancy, children, adults or the elderly with chronic heart and lung conditions may already have reduced lung volumes or breathing issues.

If this applies to you or your family, please seek medical advice or stop using the N95 mask if you feel uncomfortable.

If you have any questions regarding the 3M™ N95 masks, please visit the 3M™ website.