HISTORY OF PWS IN MCDD

HISTORY OF PWS IN MCDD

In 1952, Malaysia Civil Defence Department (MCDD) initially used the Public Warning System (PWS) adopted by the British. Among the PWS used are conventional sirens and electric sirens which were  installed in economical important areas based such as the ports. The operation of these PWS sirens have been entrusted to Malaysia Civil Defence Department (MCDD).

Since 1960s, PWS have been used as a system for early warning against air raid during wartime. In 1970s, PWS sirens have been installed in several strategic locations such as government administrative buildings in few states to provide early warning about the possibility of threats and dangers to the public. MCDD have used these PWS in Penang during Integrated Air Defence System (IADS) exercises under Five Power Defence Agreement (FPDA). With the implementation of Malaysia Air Defence Ground Environment (MADGE) project in 1984, MCDD had installed PWS sirens in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya which considered as the main administrative and economical sector that have to be protected from any threats of war attack. The latest electric PWS sirens have also been installed in several MCDD’s beach rescue towers (Baywatch) since the tsunami in 2004.

 

FUNCTION OF PWS SIREN

  1. To disseminate warning to the public about the threat of enemy air raid and war.
  1. To disseminate warning to the public about the threat of disaster, emergency and public disorder.
  1. As a medium to train and educate the public on how to response appropriately as required.
  1. To make announcement and public notification.

 

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TYPE OF SIREN

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PERSONAL SAFETY METHOD

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SAFETY MEASURES

  1. Switch off the main source of electricity and gas upon disaster.
  1. Always protect your head while taking shelter.
  1. Place your essential documents such as copy of identity card, passport, birth certificate, grant, insurance policy and etc in a special container or bag which accessible by family member.
  1. Prepare first aid kit, survival pack and emergency ration containing rice, flour, sugar, dry food, cooking oil, torchlight, battery, small radio, matches, candle, mineral water and etc which accessible and easy to carry upon disaster.
  1. Be ready to render assistance to the surrounding people in needs during disaster.
  1. Use any existing facility only for essential and emergency situation.

Brochure Public Warning System (PWS) MCDD

Type of Sound Public Warning System (PWS) MCDD

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