Rafi Amin


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We should have a contingency plan for technology failure.

We have left basics of live far behind & we are all out dependent on technology now, What would happen with us if there is all out technology failure. Don't you see this a threat to humans.

What contingent plan should we have ?

What comes to my mind is that everybody should at least live one or two days in a year with basics & try to survive with what is nature gifted in surroundings just to get an idea on how face such disaster.

What is your thoughts here. Do you agree ?


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    Jul 18 2012: Rafi, What is your plan if you lose power at the bank. I was at a store in the states an they lost power and could not conduct business because the computers were down that logged reorders, item checkout, taxes, etc ..... I have since went back and ask the manager what plan was available now that they had that experience. He said that power would never be off for long and they would just wait it out.

    Most hospitals have emergency generators and a relocation plan at a minimum. One organized religion has a plan in effect that prepares its members for emergencies and recommends food storage for up to one year. Mormons. We are a small community that has a wide variety of skills, knowledge, and expertise available. Almost everyone grows a garden, most have wood burning stoves, practice food and water storage, EMTs, and nurses reside here and one doctor, good volunteer fire department, etc ... By the way we have a emergence plan also.

    Technology failure is always a possibility but mother nature could take all things down to basics.

    Does anyone save and backup any more? They should.

    All the best. Bob.
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    Jul 18 2012: A lot of work was done by Canadian hospitals and services in the run up to the pandemic (which every knowledgble person was very worried about) Nature ended up giving humanity a 'by' on that one but the good preparation remains in place. In the event of a major disaster for our society we need at least 3 days of in home resources to get by and stay alive. Canadian hosptials (like most others) operate to capacity - it is just good business sense to maximize the use of your potential - but if a situation arises where the demand greatly increases most people are in big trouble.
    In my MBA my major project was something I called "The Pay it forward Pandemic kit" The goal was to equip each household with the resources tools and knowledge to care for sick individuals at home. If infectrion is fought at home, and care givers there know how to save lives especially their own, it also reduces the lilkelhood of spread.

    So, we must all realize that in a massive societal event where so many are sick and dying, which might be somewhat like war in your country, we must just understand that the first thing to go are those foundational things we do not even consider like water purification and truck transportation. You might be able to get to the store but who says that there will be anything there given "just in time" warehouse practices and the likelihood of drivers and healthcare workers who get 'sick' en masse - just think of how many might reason this way "I have people I love to take care of so why should I risk helping strangers when it is dangerous to my own health?"

    Thus, all people should have as many days as they choose of water, food, rubber gloves, hand care alcohol, and many other resources that they are certain will not spoil for any crucial time. Store the things you might need

    The Canadian goverment actually ran ads encouraging all people to stock up on water etc. This is doable in Canada because we have winters which could leave us standed at any winter moment.
  • Jul 18 2012: Yes, absolutely agree.

    In Minnesota, USA, in the summer, some people go to the woods and live for a short time using a tent for shelter, a sleeping bag for a bed, and small wood fires for cooking. We call this camping. The primary purpose is just recreation, a change of setting that is refreshing from the ordinary routine. This also teaches skills that would be necessary if we lost electricity and modern technology. Another lesson is that it helps us appreciate how our ancestors lived before modern conveniences were available.

    I recommend this to all young people. I did it when I was younger and enjoyed it very much. My grown children say that some of their best memories of their childhood are camping trips, and they take their children camping.

    Another skill it teaches is project planning, by preparing for the trip. You will also learn humility because you always forget one thing, and then have to figure out how to get by without it. (Don''t let that one thing be matches.)

    In the USA this is so popular that we have parks, both public and privately owned, where camping sites are available. I don't know whether Afghanistan has any camping facilities, but all you need is a suitable site with clean water available for drinking and cleaning. If possible, you also want a plentiful supply of firewood because keeping the camp fire burning provides light and becomes the center of the camping experience. I am sure the internet has plenty of information about camping and stories too.

    After you have been camping a few times, developing a contingent plan will be easy. As you will learn, executing that plan will not be easy. Good luck.
  • Aug 1 2012: Learn about people: how to comfort them & encourage them to find alternative ways of living better lives in harder times & how to cintribute with the things they didn't know they knew how to do.
    Also learn how things work. As Gever Tulley says in his book "50 Dangerous Things," take an appliance apart. Find others in your extended community who also work with their hands & know how gadgets work.
  • Jul 26 2012: I would like to see the digital world and the physical world split up at the point of basic food (bread and stufs) and sanitation and housing and heat. Make sure we cover that and fill up the rest with awesome technology based things
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    Jul 20 2012: If technology fails to fulfill the needs of human, then its solution will be inside technology. There is no unification of technology has been done. It has been developed in discrete way. So if one technology fails then men will find other technology to resolve it. Yes sticking to nature is something always appreciable. It’s a good idea if man sticks to nature once in a week or thrice. But it should be on mass level.
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      Aug 1 2012: Hi Naveen,

      What I,m referring to is emergency disasters. Like currently there is power failure in India which resulted 600 million without electricity which also resulted traffic Jams on the roads & etc.
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    Jul 19 2012: Howdy Rafi
    I don't see this as a threat to us some may think its the end but we have done pretty we'll l wiithout it. I don't need a plan but I believe there are many that do and would be appsolutely lost if this ever did happen. I think that your idea of liveing without it for a couple of days a year would be something to try.
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    Jul 18 2012: Learn how and where you could grow your own food and were to get clean water from. Additionally get a food stock of food for one year to overcome the seasons untill your own food grows and you are all set. And get a bow for hunting.
    • Aug 1 2012: Also learn what alternative plants can be eaten - lots of edible weeds & flowers out there.
      I'd say forgo the bow. Many others will be hunting big game; focus on small game, (if any). Bows can't be that hard to make, and even a simple atlatl can provide similar power.