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 www.y2klinks.net/Y2Ksupplies.htm. It lists everything you'd need for three months, for one year and for an indefinite disruption!