Public shelters are constructed according to SCDF regulations / specifications and are places where you can take refuge during an emergency. Public shelters can be found in MRT stations, HDBs, schools, community centres/clubs and other developments. Click here to locate the public shelters.
When the need arises, SCDF will implement public education measures on how and when to take shelter. Essentially, the you will be advised to stay at home, keep calm and seek protection.
Underground MRT stations act as public shelters and provide protection in times of emergency. There are 48 underground MRT stations which are hardened to double-up as public shelters. MRT shelters can accommodate between 3,000 and 19,000 people depending on the size of the area. These shelters are designed with facilities to ensure a safe and comfortable environment. Facilities include protective blast doors, decontamination facilities, ventilation, power and water supply and dry toilet systems.
Housing Development Board
HDB public shelters are in the basements or void-decks of certain HDB residential apartment blocks.
Basement air-rifle ranges of many secondary schools are hardened as shelters.
Community Centres /
Public shelters are found in certain community centres / clubs. Shelters here are generally used by the centres / clubs themselves for their own peacetime purposes.
Other public developments also have public shelters. Examples of their peacetime uses include basement carparks and training or activity rooms.
Household and Storey Shelters
The Household/Storey Shelter (HS/SS) has its walls, floor and ceiling strengthened with increased thickness. The walls are set back from the building exterior and the door is made of an SCDF-approved light protective steel.
The HS/SS gives protection to residents against weapon effects such as blast and fragments during an emergency. The HS/SS also has the advantage of being easily accessible.
Each HS/SS door has a notice fixed to its interior face, which identifies the structure as a HS/SS and states clearly the prohibited works within it. The HS/SS requires minimal maintenance. However, owners are not allowed to tamper with the HS/SS door, structural walls, and the floor and ceiling slabs.
If you live in a home without a shelter, SCDF will advise you how to improvise cover using available household and furniture items. Such improvised cover can provide a considerable degree of protection against flying debris and glass splinters. In fact, it is relatively safer to stay at home under improvised cover during an attack than being out in the open trying to reach a public shelter.