Girl Scouts Can Qualify in Y2K Preparedness


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MINNEAPOLIS -- Girl Scouts have been enlisted by Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura to distribute information to citizens on Y2K preparedness, and Girl Scouts around the country can qualify for an Emergency Preparedness proficiency badge.

In a campaign called 'Minnesota Y2K ... Be Prepared,' Girl Scouts are going door to door with a brochure on Y2K which includes a home and family checklist and carries tips compiled by the American Red Cross and the state?s Office of Technology.

The national Girl Scouts organization is telling members that as they take part in community Y2K service projects like the one in Minnesota they can also work on proficiency badges for things like family living skills, outdoor cooking and first aid. A list of badges related to Y2K is included on the organization?s web site on the page titled 'What You Can Do About Y2K' at www.girlscouts.org/girls/Why/Y2K/Y2K.htm.

The page describes the Y2K dilemma in basic language, offers 10 preparation tips, and lists products and industries that are dependent on computer chips. Girl Scouts can post messages on the site to share preparation ideas with one another, and an online 'Y2K Connections' worksheet challenges visitors to think about how various items and tasks rely on computer chips.

To earn a credit in Girl Scouts' Emergency Preparedness activities, girls complete first aid and CPR courses, learn self-defense, create home evacuation plans and make emergency preparedness kits.

Here are the suggested activities involving technology, taken from 'Interest Projects for Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts:'

1. Visit a local or state command center (police station, hospital, fire station, U.S. Forest Service, emergency manager, military) to learn about different technologies used for communication and handling emergencies in your community. Find out what back-up technologies are available for use in case of a disaster.