Got chest pains? Consult your mobile phone

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

Singapore City (SINGAPORE) – Mobile phones aren’t just for talking in Singapore.  The Singapore Civil Defense Force has recently started distributing downloadable videos that tell citizens what to do if there is an earthquake, biological disaster and other emergencies.  The videos and accompanying text files even give tips on how to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The program was actually launched back in April, but the agency has recently updated the videos.  Fifteen emergency topics are covered which can be broadly grouped into natural disasters, fires and bombs, biological incidents and personal emergencies.  There are even instructions on how to deal with dirty bomb explosions and detailed decontamination procedures.

The videos and text files are available in English, Mandarin, Tamil and Malay and can be downloaded through the major Singapore mobile phone providers.  3G users can also stream the animation clips.

Mobile phone penetration in Singapore is 98%, according to government sources and citizens can access a broad range of services through their phones.  The country’s Supreme Court sends out free trial and hearing information to anyone who wants it.  The information contains the name of the judge, time and place of the hearing.  People also can get the latest judicial decisions and alerts when certain papers are filed with the court.