What Do I Need To Do To Prepare For Y2K?
1) Research Y2K yourself. (WWW Search, News Services, Library) Study the information, become informed and make your own decision on what YOU believe will happen.
2) Minimal preparations should include the following:
a) BEWARE OF SCAMS. Never give your personal information and account numbers to anyone that calls you on the phone, only those you call and know whom it is your giving the information to.
b) Keep good records and HARD COPIES of all financial transactions from at least 6/1/99. If your personal finances are kept on your home computer keep daily backups from at least 11/1/99.
c) Get and keep printouts of the history of mortgage, car loans, personal loans, and your personal credit history for period preceding your accurate records (b).
d) Review your investments. (In My Humble Opinion) If you have investments in companies in emerging foreign companies consider removing these funds till 6/1/00.
e) Don't panic. Do NOT withdraw all funds from the bank and stuff it in your mattress. The Federal Reserve is suggesting $500 cash on hand, some recommend $1000 or more. IF you plan on keeping cash on hand, do not let it be known to others. Withdraw funds a couple of hundred a week over a period of time.Robbery or theft should be guarded against. It is possible that credit cards and ATMs will not be operational for a period of time.
f) Keep the fuel tank of your car full during the month of December 1999 and January 2000.
g) Follow the Red Cross recommendations for personal preparedness for Y2K.
3) If you decide that you need to prepare further than these minimal preparations follow the "Store what you eat-eat what you store" rule. Don't go out and buy a pile of food that you would not eat if no emergency occurs. Store canned foods and dried goods that will last at least for the entire period you are preparing for. Check dated cans and learn the expiration dating codes. Rotate your stores. First in first out. Keep all supplies currant and within expiration dates. Store enough water for the time period you are preparing for. 1 gallon per day per person minimum drinking. 5 gallons per day per person is better.
4) If you are not knowledgeable on preparedness practices or procedure seek help in storing food and water.