A website about common sense preparation for possible natural disasters, man-made disruptions and catastrophes impacting everyday life.
It aims to address scenarios and give advice on how to minimise the impact. It is focussed on the Urban scenario and the middle class but has value to all.
It is is not a mouthpiece for any political party, group, colour, creed or religion. A site designed to promote the culture of self-preservation and prudent self-preparedness for all South Africans
All this in an increasingly unstable sociopolitical environment. that is a fact of life in everyday South Africa.
The site is in the early stages of development and inputs and contributions are welcome.
Factors driving the so-called Prepper or Survivalist movement vary by country, by region and even by suburb. The Prepper movement has in some countries assumed cult proportions whilst in other areas it is nothing more than a fashionable hobby. We stand for the common sense reasonable man and not at either end of these extremes.
The amount of information, advice plans and gadgets available is overwhelming. The relevance of much of this information is frequently way off target in the local scenario and can result in significant fruitless expenditure and a false sense of security.
Then again, there is the also those who are driving the agenda of some or other political movement, cause or par-military group. This is not what this site is about.
The ordinary citizen has as little influence on the macroeconomic or political outcomes of the day as he has on preventing a flood or a tornado, He will, however, be affected by it and needs to take common-sense steps towards minimising the impact or consequences of the event, catastrophe or disruption.
Fear, Uncertainty and Disinformation (FUD factor) is as alive and well as its ever been in history. The behaviour of ordinary law-abiding citizens in an emergency or a catastrophe is often beyond any reasonable scenario plan and driven by what they think rather than what is fact. We are awash with Information and Disinformation.and it is increasingly difficult to tell the difference.
Nevertheless one can reasonably anticipate power shortages, water supply disruptions and food supply shortages – yet the average household is poorly prepared for even these minor disruptions. Imagine if any one of these would manifest itself for days rather than hours- how would you cope?
Imagine the impact of being unable to buy common everyday groceries for 10 days? Or being without your current meds for 2 weeks?
A sustained Power outage will render your cell phone and your electric fence( if you have one) useless within just a day unless you have made an advance and sometimes expensive plans ahead of time
Imagine life without your cell phone, the TV or Radio and any form of communication whatsoever for 10 days? Many of us would enjoy the peace and quiet but the issue would be the sudden stop in the flow of information. When will services be restored? Where can one get food, water and medical services? Is the neighbourhood safe?
You need a Preparedness Plan
Your plan needs to be dynamic and updatable.
It is, in fact, the long-term vision of the site to provide you with a Tool to draft your plan and a mechanism to store and update it.
This site provides a Forum for Discussion, sharing ideas and innovative local solutions.
Rumours and Fake news are the inevitable consequence of a catastrophe which severs main communication channels such as Cell Phones, Land Lines, Commercial radio and Television. Here amateur radio, ham radio and organisations such as Hamnet form a vital link back to reality.
In a catastrophe, the need for an alternative communications strategy follows clearly from the above and amateur radio is recommended resource component of a comprehensive self-preservation strategy. To this end, the site encourages members to procure the knowledge and licensing to operate an amateur radio station. See Ham Study in the main menu for tools available.