I don't know why HAMs in Singapore have never mentioned about national emergency communication, or is it really unnecessary for HAMs here?
In some other countries, HAM licence is granted with responsibility of providing temporary communication if needed when emergency situation such as some natural disasters. One typical example will be those HAMs working for Sichuan (Wenchuan) Earthquake in 2008. At that time, all the normal communication ways were cut off and HAM radio was the only possible communication tool at very first time. In addition, HAM with radios were even more effective than miliraty communication at that situation. All the rescue teams or vehicles were attached with HAM operating radios in order to have effective communication. All the scheduling and commanding were thru HAM radios at that time.
Singapore is also planned to be prepared for emergencies. I am not sure about the reason why HAMs here are ignored. Is it because our civil defence team is powerful enough to handle anything? According to my opinion, our country should learn from other countries that include HAMs as part of national emergency preparedness programme.
Post by Roland Turner 9V1RT on Jul 25, 2018 20:50:07 GMT 8
I suspect that the involvement of hams in emergency communications in most countries arises from two related issues: - large rural areas that are difficult to provide communications in, and - incomplete coverage by emergency services, in part because of the spread out population.
Singapore is a little more compact, and SCDF is pretty thorough in its preparation; it's not at all clear what sort of emergency amateurs could do a better job in.
A further detail is that Singapore is unusually free from natural disasters: - the Coriolis effect is negligible this close to the equator, - there are no tectonic boundaries nearby, - there is one to the south west, but its far enough away to not be a direct problem and Sumatra will block any tsunami, - etc.
so there's very little opportunity to demonstrate utility.
Hams in Singapore lack the opportunity to practice and participate locally in Community activities (e.g StanChart Marathon) or even in Disaster Situations. If you want to get experience, we can always volunteer with the Singapore Red Cross or any Relief Agency. It would be best to talk with them before a disaster. That way, you can be activated and be ready to respond within 12 hours
I don't know why HAMs in Singapore have never mentioned about national emergency communication, or is it really unnecessary for HAMs here?....Is it because our civil defence team is powerful enough to handle anything? ... our country should learn from other countries that include HAMs as part of national emergency preparedness programme.
Just to add on to what Roland has written, Singapore is in a very different context from all other countries. We are a very small island with a high population density. We have islandwide cellphone coverage > 95%. The SCDF have several Fire Stations throughout the island, taking care of Fire and Medical Emergencies. If extra resources are required in any situation, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is available on 24-hour standby to help.
In terms of communication facilities, the SCDF, Police Force and SAF have systems that are independent of the cellular network. When required, they are able to communicate with one another. They also hold regular exercises, both locally and overseas, to gain experience and to develop new strategies. We also have a rescue contingent on 24-hour standby to provide humanitarian support in disasters (Operation Lionheart)
As for natural disasters, we don't normally have typhoons. The only one in recent history was Typhoon Vamei in Dec 2001. It was actually more of a tropical Storm. This one saw several fallen trees, and heavy rainfall and traffic jams.
We are not on any Fault Line but we are close to some. Occasionally, we do feel Tremors from Earthquakes with Epicentres in neighbouring Indonesia. Usually, very little or no damaged is caused. Maybe just some cracked walls or tiles popping.
Total cellular network failure for several hours? This has never happened. Even if it does, no one is in danger unless you develop a chronic medical condition like a heart attack or stroke. But many people are trained in first aid and there are Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) located everywhere. Not being able to message your friends to complain about the network being down is NOT considered a disaster... or an emergency for that matter.
Just the only thing that we are vulnerable to is an EMP attack originating from a few km above the island. If that happens, most electronic equipment and devices will be damaged. Ham equipment will not be spared unless you are one of those people who prepare for Doomsday by keeping equipment underground under a lead shield. This matter falls under a different category (War or Terrorism)
So, in conclusion, we don't have to worry about National EmComm in Singapore. But it will be good if we get acquainted with it so that we can be prepared to help when the need arises overseas.
Incidentally, some of our members do have experience with EmComm. Go speak with Andrew 9V1TT. If I am not wrong, he has worked with the Australian Red Cross in Message relaying.
Last Edit: Aug 12, 2018 0:13:50 GMT 8 by 9v1de: typo typo spelling