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Y2K Plans: I am 76, and have been through the "Great Depression" (though I don't know what was so great about it), and WW2 in the Marine Corp. Why would I want to panic over a mere flip of the calendar page? I am, in fact, eager to see what, if anything, really exciting does happen. Maybe I'll even stay up a bit later than my 12:30 bedtime of the past several New Years!
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Y2K Plans: Read y2k jokes on the internet and laugh at the assumptions they made (if the internet works and if my PC works and if there's electricity and if I'm not holed up defending against armageddonites).
From: Eran Malloch
Y2K Plans: No flights :-), no attending New Years Eve parties further than walking distance from my home, stocking up on essentials (I'm an asthmatic, so I will err on the side of caution and buy my inhalers in a bulk order (enough to last several months) - they'll get used anyway) Plus some food, water and health essentials. Matches and a stock of gas for the old BBQ. MAYBE a small generator for the fridge ??? Finally, I'll get most of my cash out of the bank (JUST IN CASE)!!! MAYBE a bicycle, just in case the car ISN'T compliant :-) at least I can get around better then.
From: Brian St. John
Y2K Plans: My family will be taking a modest approach as well. Raising a young family, my wife and I have practiced food rotation, while having a three week food pantry. (2)Food Grade 55 gal. water drums will meet our needs if the local plant cannot provide safe water for a couple of days. We will be stocking up on firewood, not unusual for South Dakota, and have purchased a medium, 5000 watt, generator (we had been budgeting for this off and on for two years anyway). No travel plans will be the order of the day(s) during this time.
From: Bernard Grant
Y2K Plans: I plan to treat if as if it were a bad winter storm. I plan to have medicine and a first aide supply along with sufficient water and fuel and other necessities to avoid serious problems for at least a week to two. Panic as you said will be the killer. I intend to start stock piling in November to avoid storages in December.
Y2K Plans: I'm already panicing. I never even thought about it untill my sociology teacher brought it up but, some of the stuff I have been reading freaked me out. Thankfully your page calmed me down a little bit.
Y2K Plans: I would suggest a supply of bottled water also in case water systems or power fail.Might want to fill the tubs a day or so before to have water for washing up, toliet tanks and pets etc.
Y2K Plans: IT IS INCONCEIVABLE TO ME THAT LONG BEFORE THE DEAD LINE THIS PROBLEM WITH COMPUTERS, ETC. WILL NOT BE CORRECTED.
IS THERE NO ONE WORKING ON IT? OF COURSE, WE HAVE THE TOP PEOPLE IN THIS AREA WORKING FULL TIME.
IT IS NOT MY PLANS THAT CONCERN ME. UNLESS THIS PROBLEM IS CORRECTED TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SOME WILL REMOVE ALL THEIR MONEY FROM FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND WE WILL HAVE ANOTHER DEPRESSION. THAT IS MY THOUGHTS FOR THEIR WORTH.
Y2K Plans: I will me taking many of the same steps you are taking. My greater concern is the economy. I believe the impact on world commerce will be greater than the most immediate effect on America. When you speak of most systems working within a few weeks, I believe it could be shortsighted when considering the lack of preparation most of our trading partners have. So many industries overseas, and suppliers are tied together that I find it difficult to believe that somehow the economy will not be impacted negatively.
Y2K Plans: I plan to be prepared should there be problems, such as can goods, water, plenty of wood for the woodstove , etc. I will not panic since that is the worst thing to do. I just want t o be prepared since I have children to think of!
Y2K Plans: I publish a monthly newsletter that goes out to about 100 people internationally that have similar surnames; i.e., Colbath, Coolbeth, etc. and although I am not making any preparations personally, I'm telling all my people to log on to your marvellous web site and follow directions.
Dick Colbeth, Editor
Y2K Plans: BUY A LITTLE EXTRA CAN FOOD EACH TIME I GO GROCERY SHOPPING AND STORE IN THE BASEMENT. BUY AND STORE CANDLES. HAVE ENOUGH BLANKETS AND WARM CLOTHING (I LIVE IN THE NORTH) START SAVING WATER LATER IN THE YEAR. TAKE SOME MONEY OUT OF THE BANK.
Y2K Plans: Keep a eye on the feds thay may find a way to make it your responsibility to account for assets the banks and brokers have. From Credit card to Social security get a updated accounting. Leave your money in the bank, but have cash resurve for barter if needed. Don't trust those "We have tested our systems and they passed comments" there probably lieing. Reference the Samaritan Act passed by our goverment so called leaders. But it's ok to lie. Required reading The Millennium Bug By Michael S. Hyatt
Y2K Plans: Well I am going to buy a gun for protection just in case, because I think that thngs could get crazy do you think thats a good idea, well you probably don't, but I want a gun anyway. I also believe that God will be looking after and helping the Christians who are saved by Jesus, and thats the most important thing in life its not if you get killed in a crisis like y2k but its all about knowing the Son of God who is Jesus, so i am telling you right now if you are not saved get saved for if you don't then you will spend eternity in hell and believe me Jesus is coming!
Y2K Plans: Wait for the ensuing selling spree by worried investors to force certain key stock to drop ... then BUY! BUY! BUY! :-). Seriously though, I'll be stocking up on food, water, and other necessities for about three weeks worth. Living in New England, I won't have to worry about refrigeration. Plus a fire place in my residence with a ton of lumber I have stashed will keep me warm for quite a while.
From: MARYW53@ aol
Y2K Plans: I had no plans until today when I really found out about Y2K. Now I think I will try to get some plans in order. I hope it doesn't turn out the way some people are thinking it might. But if it does, I want to be prepared.
Y2K Plans: Much like you, we plan to prepare as if it were a storm. We will stockpile on firewood, water, food, etc. to last a couple of weeks. We will also be investing in a handgun and taking training on it -- which wwe planned on doing anyway, just to be sure our family is kept safe. We live in a major metropolis, so we feel confident that most of the problems will be taken care of here, as opposed to living in Timbuktu.
Y2K Plans: I think my wife thinks that I'm nuts - we just bought a chemical toilet-and we are stocking up on candles, water, and food. And we can't forget about our animals (plenty of animal chow) I work in television, and for the most part, the numb nuts I work with think the the fairy of goodness will somehow majically change the world in 11 short months. Like you, Just in case
Y2K Plans: A couple of people at work are getting concerned about it, but I agree with you 100%. There is nothing I can do to stop it from happening so why worry for the next year?
Y2K Plans: I'm surprised how parallel your plans were to mine, even before I read your plans. I think a double-burner Coleman stove plus a couple hurricane lamps with a three to four day supply of fuel might also be in order.
Y2K Plans: Since we live on a boat 10% of the time in winter. I will top off the water and diesel. We have a 7.5kw generator on board, which will handle all heat and lights, for two weeks. Friends are invited to BYOB and goodies. As I grew up at the end of depression, this will just be another passing of events where friends gather around and be friends. It could be a good thing.
Y2K Plans: My views: About the same as yours, except I have no plans to buy a generator. As I live in the country,(20 miles to town) we already do most of the other things you mentioned. I do however,(if I live to see day 1y2k come and pass) plan to say a lot of "I told you so's".
Y2K Plans: I am student in high school and don't hold much influence over my parents decisions. I do know however, that I plan to get bank statements, and other legal documents just in case their memory files crash. I am also hoping to get my parents to get a little extra food and water just in case. Other than that, I have no plans. I know the world will keep on running just as it has before with a day or two delay.
Y2K Plans: Aside from the general thoughts to get a generator, fuel, water/food/candles (plenty of matches), I plan to make sure I have all of my paperwork in order: most current bank statements, utility info, credit card statements, birth/marriage certificates, etc. We plan to use our food dehydrator non-stop this summer. Because my household is in the northern part of the US, outside temps will be between 20F down to possibly -30F, and if we have no electricity, we have no heat. If that's the case we will pack up the car (having filled the gas tank in December) and head to relatives in the country who have firewood and a wood furnace, garden supplies, farm animals, etc. Survival without electricity for several days to several weeks will be tough, but much more liveable on the farm, rather than in the city. I suspect that disruption to banking, clean water, and electricity are the 3 things most likely to affect our lives. Losing electricity is the scariest to me because without it we lose so many other things, including the ability to pump the fuel that powers up our generators. If we do lose electricity, how long will we have to live without it? Long enough to run out of the fuel that runs our generators? I'm planning for the worst-case scenario, but if that never happens we will at least be ready for a great camping trip ... or a nice visit with the relatives!
Y2K Plans: Quite simply I am going to hope for the best...and prepare for the worst. I don't plan on running for the hills. But I do plan on being ready and able to, just in case. I think we will be much more than just "inconvenienced" by Y2K. If we're very lucky it will be a dismal 6 to 8 months while the world scrambles to get it's act together. If we're unlucky we will see distinct societal and economic changes, many for the worst. Worst case would be a nightmare. I cannot effect what will happen, I can only prepare, and when the time comes I can react in the best interests of my family.
All the best to you and yours!
Y2K Plans: WATER STORAGE - I have gotten six 55 gallon plastic barrels from the Pepsi company, cleaned them, and now store water in them.
FOOD - I have bought plenty of canned foods (and a manual can opener), powdered milk, cooking oil, rice, beans and wheat. Also seeds for sprouting.
LIGHTS & HEAT - Two oil lamps and extra oil, candles, flashlights, extra batteries, extra firewood.
GARDENING - I have gotten extra vegetable seeds for next year already.
GUNS - I have gotten a 20 gauge shotgun, 357 magnum handgun, extra ammo, and a gun permit.
EXTRA EQUIPMENT - I have gotten a camp stove/oven, a manual wheat grinder, a small electric generator and a chain saw.
Also FIRST AID KIT, extra tylenol and over the counter meds, plenty of TOILET PAPER, and plenty of MATCHES.
Y2K Plans: You asked ---"did we panic when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor?"
In fact some souls in California did! They "saw" Japs under every street light. Our President did too --- otherwise how could he justify confiscating the property of West Coast American citizens of Japanese descent and sending them to internment camps. One of our more shameful actions.