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 August 1, 1999

HOW TO PREPARE FOR Y2K DISRUPTIONS

If you have camping gear stored in your garage, you’re already somewhat prepared for

any Y2K disruptions to your household in the next year. Much of the equipment you use for

camping in the wilderness could come in handy in your own home on New Year’s Day 2000.

A propane stove or camp stove could be helpful for cooking if electricity is disrupted

temporarily. Gas grills also could be utilized for cooking foods rather than an electric-powered

stove.

Some people may want to store canned foods or even do some canning themselves this

year. And it’s wise to have a manually operated can opener on hand as a backup tool as well as a

battery-powered clock. Many people have only electric-powered alarm clocks in their homes.

If electricity does go out even for a few hours, it’s best to keep on hand plenty of candles,

battery-operated flashlights and even kerosene lamps.

If your home has an electric garage door opener, you may want to learn how to

disconnect the system before any electrical disruption occurs. Some garage doors are so heavy

that you may need help to open it. If that’s the case, you may want to consider parking your cars

outside at critical periods.

You can set aside large amounts of water for cooking or drinking in storage containers.

You may want to consider buying several jugs of bottled water and keeping them handy in case

you need them.

Another option is to buy a water filter that can be used to purify melting snow or stream

water for drinking purposes.

Food storage containers or even freeze-dried food that can last for long periods may come

in useful.

Communication systems also could be affected by a power outage. If telephone service is

disrupted, you can still communicate to family and friends through a walkie-talkie or CB radio.

For those of you who want to keep your house lit up and operating throughout any

electrical outage, there are also power generators available. These can be gas, natural gas, diesel

or propane generators.

These generally represent a large expense, however, costing from $5,000 to $12,000 to

run a large part of a home. They also can be complicated to install, experts say.

For an auxiliary heat source, propane heaters work well. They cost around $60 and can

heat an area of 700 to 800 square feet. Kerosene heaters can do the same job, but they are

typically more expensive, running from $160 to $300.

You may want to take an inventory of your emergency household gear, noting that Y2K

disruptions could affect power, heat, cooking, light sources, water supply, food preparation and

communications.

If you prepare ahead of time for any potential outages, you’ll have more control over the

situation if it occurs.

If you have camping gear stored in your garage, you’re already somewhat prepared for

any Y2K disruptions to your household in the next year. Much of the equipment you use for

camping in the wilderness could come in handy in your own home on New Year’s Day 2000.

A propane stove or camp stove could be helpful for cooking if electricity is disrupted

temporarily. Gas grills also could be utilized for cooking foods rather than an electric-powered

stove.

Some people may want to store canned foods or even do some canning themselves this

year. And it’s wise…

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