Procrastinator's Guide To Y2K Preparedness

Survival Supplies

Preparation Starts At Home

Many experts believe that in preparing for Y2K, you should stock up on essentials like food and water, as you would for a three-day blizzard. Other authorities think it's wiser to prepare to be self-sufficient for a month or maybe longer. Unlike with insurance, if you end up not needing the emergency food, you can still eat it or donate it to the needy.

If I can force myself to spring for this "insurance," I plan to have:

  • 30 days of food and water for my family
  • A water filter
  • A crank-powered radio, flashlight, siren and strobelight
  • A corded phone because even if electrical power goes out, phone lines should still work
  • Oil lamp and oil
  • Plenty of firewood for my fireplace
  • A Coleman stove and 20-pound propane tank
  • $1,000 to $1,500 cash
  • Printed records of all my financial statements
  • A bicycle
  • A month's supply of prescriptions and my health insurance membership cards.

A perhaps too-complete list of personal Y2K preparedness supplies is at It lists everything you'd need for three months, for one year and for an indefinite disruption!

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