MS Explains: Why does every household in S'pore have a bomb shelter?

Or is it every bomb shelter has a household?

Mothership | February 15, 2023, 07:58 PM

If you live in Singapore, your house probably has a pretty cluttered bomb shelter.

That's right.

That storeroom was made to withstand other forces.

In 1997, the Civil Defence Shelter Act was introduced, making it compulsory for all new flats and houses to have either household shelters located inside individual units or storey shelters in common areas.

The law was motivated by the Gulf War in 1991, when the Singapore Civil Defence Force realised how things could escalate quickly during an attack, and how crucial it was to provide a safe space for occupants to seek refuge when needed.

But how effective are these shelters? And how realistic is a scenario like this:

Illustration by Jiahui Wee.

Watch this video to find out more:

Top image by Mothership.