Levels of preparedness

South Africa may not be prone to many of the catastrophic disasters that are prevalent in other parts of the world, be it natural disasters such as earthquakes, or terrorism attacks and nuclear leaks, but that does not mean that we are exempt from such calamities.

In early 2011, South Africa experienced a devastating flood, after a series of heavy rains lasted for several weeks. Wildfires also wreaked havoc through the Western Cape and the current drought that resulted in the looming ‘Day Zero’ in Cape Town has taken its toll on the South African morale.

Besides these, there are however, disastrous situations that South Africans face daily. This, unfortunately is the ever-looming danger of falling victim to a crime.
Even though this seems minor compared to a natural disaster, it too takes its toll on the quality of living in this country.
Therefore, we find it imperative that South Africans are equipped to tackle any type of disaster, at any time.

iER has noted the need for a plan of action to be put in place, in the event of any emergency and we’re highlighting solutions of how to best prepare yourself for these emergency situations.

The iER team has identified the top 5 alerts our users have called for assistance in the last year, and the list may not surprise you:

  1. Motor Vehicle Accidents
  2. Armed Robbery
  3. Medical Attention
  4. Criminal Activity
  5. Police Interaction

So, how can you prevent falling victim to some of these situations?

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Being vigilant while on the road can be the difference between life and death. When driving, ensure that you are travelling at the speed of the road, as well as adhering to the rules. Sometimes, more seasoned drivers acquire confidence that makes them take shortcuts, such as not stopping at stop signs, or speeding. Do not fall into this trap!

Another very important rule is to check your vehicle before driving.

Make sure that your tires are pumped up and that your thread isn’t smooth, especially on rainy days, when the road is covered in water and ice. Check your blinkers and make sure that your wipers are in working condition.

When travelling long distances, make sure that you are well rested before the trip. Stop at a safe spot, every so often, to stretch and give your eyes a break from concentrating on the road. If you are travelling with a group of people, take turns driving so that each person can rest before their “shift”.

Armed Robbery:

Secure your home with an alarm and camera system. It is a pricey item, but an investment nonetheless. There are many companies that offer affordable home security systems. Also, make sure to lock the doors and gates of your home, especially those nights when you may find yourself alone and vulnerable.

Many people opt to getting a dog to secure their premises.

Medical Attention:

To avoid the agonising wait for an ambulance in an emergency, always keep a first aid kit handy. Have one at home, in your bag or in the boot of your car. This is helpful for securing most situations until first responders arrive.

Completing a certified CPR course could also be beneficial in instances where first responders may be delayed or when immediate intervention is needed.

And last but definitely not least…

The iER App

To assist you in your times of need, the iER application allows smartphone device users to request the relevant emergency responses through a 24-hour contact centre.

Both the iER service and app are totally free and available at both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Please feel free to visit our website for assistance on how to use the iER App.  Alternatively, you can contact us on 0861 10 60 80 for assistance.
We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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