Individual Preparation for Y2K

There are no emergencies for those who are truly prepared. --James Talmadge Stevens

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Somewhere between predictions of technological doomsday and those who say that Y2K is the invention of rabid money-hungry consultants, lies reality. In the absence of hard facts and data, we are left with only one option--to take precautions. When it comes to health and safety we must always err on the side of caution and skepticism, and take what we feel are necessary and appropriate steps to safeguard our family, friends and neighbors.

Preparing for the worst doesn't mean you believe it will happen, it means only that you accept that the possibility exists. You don't need proof that your house will burn down before you buy fire insurance, nor that you will have an automobile accident to purchase car insurance. In the same way, you do not need to believe worst-case Y2K scenarios will happen to take out another kind of insurance--emergency preparedness.

Ed. note: Paloma O'Riley recommends that you make a thorough assessment of what you have before determining what you need. For her detailed advice on how to do this, see the longer version of this article on the Cassandra Project Web site, which is listed at the end of this article.

The following preparation information is based on worst-case scenario. Our belief and purpose is it is always best to prepare for the worst, and hope for the best. (See disclaimer below.)

I. Food and Other Basic Supplies

1. What to Do When the Electricity Goes Off (courtesy of FEMA)