Civil Defence Shelter Open House As Part of Exercise SG Ready



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2024 marks 40 years of Total Defence in Singapore, and this year, families will have the opportunity to visit a Civil Defence Shelter as part of the campaign! 

Photo Credits: Exercise SG Ready Scenario Video

Venue: Tan Kah Kee MRT Station (Downtown Line), Potong Pasir MRT Station (Northeast Line), Dakota MRT Station (Circle Line)
Dates: 23 Feb 2024, 10 am - 4 pm
Admission: Free

Did you know that MRT stations can be converted in public shelters to protect civilians during an emergency? Here's your chance to see how this is done, and to see our everyday MRT stations in another light! 

Exercise SG Ready

The inaugural Exercise SG Ready will be held at various locations across the island between 15 Feb to 29 Feb 2024 to increase Singaporeans’ readiness for crises and disruptions. The exercise simulates disruptions of power, water, food supply, digital connectivity and a civil emergency arising from wide spread cyberattacks, disinformation campaigns and drone attacks from an anonymous actor in the region.

Civil Defence (CD) Shelter Open House

Photo from previous Open House in 2020. Photo Credits: scdf.gov.sg

As part of Exercise SG Ready, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), with support from the Land Transport Authority, will organise Civil Defence (CD) Shelter Open Houses at 3 MRT stations. These stations are

  • Dakota (CC8),
  • Potong Pasir (NE10)
  • Tan Kah Kee (DT8)¬†

*the stations will remain open during the open house. 

Photo from previous Open House in 2020. Photo Credits: scdf.gov.sg

Families visiting the open house will see how the stations can be converted in public shelters for civilians during an emergency and to learn more about the protective features of MRT CD Shelters, sheltering procedures and emergency preparedness. 

SCDF personnel will also be on the ground to share essential lifesaving skills too! 

Open House Tour Details 

Guided tours will be conducted at 30-min intervals starting from 10:00am. You can join the tours via the walk-in queue from 10 am onwards. However, do take note that slots are subject to availability (last tour will commence at 3:30pm).

The duration for the entire visit to the open house is about 1 hour. You are advised to arrive at the meeting point of each station (please see below) 10mins before the commencement of the tour. 

  • Tan Kah Kee MRT Station (Downtown Line): Entrance A, Ground Level (First Storey)
  • Potong Pasir MRT Station (Northeast Line): Entrance C, Concourse Level
  • Dakota MRT Station (Circle Line): Entrance A, Ground Level (First Storey)

Walk-in - Booking Only Required for Bigger Groups

Families can walk in to join the the walk-in queue or make a group booking for groups of 20 here. For bookings for more than 120 pax, please email Ms Jane Foo (Foo_Li_Ting_Jane@mindef.gov.sg).

Dates and Times

The Civil Defence (CD) Shelter Open House will happen on 23 Feb 2024, from 10 am to 4 pm. 

Visit here for more information about Total Defence 40.



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This article is prepared by

Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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