Remember pre-94 elections, how we made fun of people who started stock piling food, weapons and basic supplies, because they were convinced civil war was imminent and the country was about to be plunged into every dooms day scenario imaginable? Ja, I laughed at those people but mostly I’m not laughing now.
I’m teetering on the brink of becoming one of those people. The Eksom crisis has me really freaked out. Every worst case scenario has played out in my mind. If the news reports are to be believed, and God, I hope they’re not, but the evidence is becoming hard to ignore, especially when your government starts having meetings about emergency plans, then the possibility of a total black out, lasting weeks, is a very real possibility. And I’m starting to get a little scared of what this could mean, not just for our country but for me and my family on a very personal level.
I’m generally not the type of person who pays too much attention to all this doom and gloom but it’s becoming hard to ignore, especially when I live with a man like Walter. He’s just about ready to arm himself against what he fears could happen should we have a total black out. Looting, land grabs, crime, violence, just total anarchy.
And it would seem he is not alone. I was chatting with a colleague yesterday and her sentiments were pretty much the same as his. Walter is concerned because our passports have expired and Hannah’s name change has not been finalized so if the paw paw hits the fan, we have no way of leaving.
I mean, we’re talking serious Zombie Apocalypse preparation conversations going on in our house and among our friends and I’m starting to get scared.
As it is, we’ve had to stock pile water for this weekend. Between the stage 2 load shedding and our area being affected by a total water outage for the next 24 – 48 hours, I had to go out yesterday and buy water in bulk. I’ve spent the morning so far, filling all our baths and topping up the pool in preparation for the inevitable but at least we were forewarned of this. We won’t be so lucky with a total black out.
Do we start stock piling non perishable food? Water? Energy supplies (batteries, paraffin etc) Basic toiletries and nappies? What about keeping a stash of cash hidden somewhere in our home? ATM’s probably won’t work in a black out. Heck I doubt debt or credit cards will work either. With the very real threat of looting, there may not even be anything to buy, will shops even be open? What about work? Do companies have contingency plans in place should this happen? I mean it’s not like I’d be able to fire up my notebook from home and work from there? No WiFi, no connectivity, no cell phones, limited to no contact with the outside word? Not that going to the office would be an option either. At some point we’d run out of fuel and I doubt petrol stations would be open or even able to pump gas, generators and battery back ups can only last so long, so heading into the office would be pretty pointless anyway And how long will it take to get the grid back up should we have a total black out? I read somewhere getting the grid back up and functional would take at least a week? Walter is even talking about arming ourselves. This doesn’t even seem real. This really does feel like I’m somehow the extra in a Zombie Apocalypse movie. I struggle to comprehend. I struggle to believe any of this could possibly be real?
Are you worried? Have you thought about making plans should the worst case scenario come to fruition?
I know one thing for certain. South Africa is my home. I love my country but raising children in this country, with all this uncertainty… Walter and I are back to very seriously discussing emigration.