The Complete Y2K Home Preparation Guide

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You've heard about the Year 2000 bug and what might happen. So, what do you do?

This book tells you everything you need to know about preparing your home, your family, and yourself for January 1, 2000. The old saying "Better safe than sorry" has never been more true. Experts agree that no one knows what to expect. What happens if the power goes off? What if the phones don't work? What if there is no running water? No sewage service? Your ATM doesn't work? All or some of this ...

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Overview

You've heard about the Year 2000 bug and what might happen. So, what do you do?

This book tells you everything you need to know about preparing your home, your family, and yourself for January 1, 2000. The old saying "Better safe than sorry" has never been more true. Experts agree that no one knows what to expect. What happens if the power goes off? What if the phones don't work? What if there is no running water? No sewage service? Your ATM doesn't work? All or some of this could happen and this is the book has the answers. You'll get information on advice on:

  • Heating
  • Power
  • Food and cooking
  • Water
  • Lighting
  • Staying clean, healthy and safe
  • Money
  • Important papers
  • And more...

You'll get information on products that will work, what quantities of items you will need, and what to avoid. You can decide on your level of preparedness; use the numerous checklists in the book to make sure you are ready and comfortable regardless of the event. Even if the year 2000 doesn't get you, you'll still be prepared for power failures or other natural disasters. And you may even profit from this by finding you important papers and addressing issues you have put off. In most cases, you can use what you buy. We tell you how to minimize costs and the reference section is the best source of information you need to prepare for the Y2K anywhere.

You owe it to yourself to get prepared. The Complete Y2K Home Preparation Guide is the single resource to tell you exactly what you need so that you can relax and enjoy the New Year knowing that you are ready.

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Editorial Reviews

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Makes recommendations for preparing the home and family for January 1, 2000 with chapters on heating, power, food and cooking, water, lighting, hygiene, money, and important papers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130143068
  • Publisher: A Simon & Schuster Company
  • Publication date: 3/23/1999
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.34 (d)

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PREFACE: Introduction
Mammoth productive facilities with computer minds, cities that engulf the landscape and pierce the clouds, planes that almost out race time- these are awesome, but they cannot be spiritually inspiring. Nothing in our glittering technology can raise man to new heights, because material growth has been made an end in itself, and, in the absence of moral purpose, man himself becomes smaller as the works of man becomes bigger. Gargantuan industry and government, woven into an intricate computerized mechanism, leave the person outside. The sense of participation is lost, the feeling that ordinary individuals influence important decisions vanishes, and man becomes separated and diminished.
When an individual is no longer a true participant, when he no longer feels a sense of responsibility to his society, the content of democracy is emptied. When culture is degraded and vulgarity enthroned, when the social system does not build security but induces peril, inexorably the individual is impelled to pull away from a soulless society. This process produces alienation-perhaps the most pervasive and insidious development in contemporary society.
— Dr. Martin Luther King

The biggest problems and opportunities with the Y2K bug are not going to be food storage, debugging code, or power outages, but how people react to the situation: how we treat each other; how much we help each other through this; what kind of creative, appropriate responses we meet the challenge with will determine whether we build and bring together our local communities or whether things degenerate into mob rule.
— Michael Connolly, WizCity (...
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Table of Contents

Contents
acknowledgments
Introduction
Do I Really Need To Prepare For Y2k?
If Y2k Is Potentially So Serious, Why Do Most Of The World And Its Leaders Seem So Unconcerned?
The Five Stages Of Y2k
How Long Should I Prepare For Y2k?
How Long To Prepare
Whom Should I Include In My Preparations?
Where Do I Spend The Weekend Of January 1, 2000?
Can I Believe The News About Y2k?
How Do I Convince Others To Prepare?
What Can Individuals Do To Help?
What To Do Months Before Y2k
What To Do New Year's Eve Day (or before)
What To Do New Year's Day
1. An Introduction to the Problem.
Saturday morning, 11:00 am

2. Food and How to Store It.
The Problem. The Solutions. Your In-Home Grocery Store. Storing Nonperishable Foods. What You Normally Eat. Building Your In-Home Grocery Store. Freeze-Dried Or Dehydrated Foods. Selecting A Food Reserve System. Considerations. Packaging. Freeze-Dried Foods. Dehydrated Foods. Proper Food Storage. Storage Tips. Household Sundries. Recommended Freeze-Dried Food Companies. Recommended Dehydrated Food Companies. Kitchen Checklist. (Courtesy of Y2K Women, www.y2kwomen.com)

3. Storing and Treating Water
The Problem. The Solution. Locating And Treating Water. Water Purifiers And Filters. Boiling. Chemical Treatments. Wells. Where To Find Products Listed In Chapter. Checklist For Water.

4. Heating.
The Problem. The Solutions. The Options. Propane. Wood Heat. Kerosene. Oil Heat. Coal Stoves. Solar. Where To Find. Products Listed In Chapter. Checklist For Heating.

5. Lighting Without Electricity.
The Problem. Generators. Solar Lanterns And Flashlights. Gas Lanterns. Kerosene Lanterns. Candles. Battery-Operated Flashlights And Lanterns And More. Where To Find Products Listed In Chapter. Checklist For Lighting.

6. Nonelectric Cooking Appliances.
The Problem. The Solutions. Dual Fuel Stoves. Kerosene Cook Stoves. Wood Stoves And Fireplaces. Gelled Ethanol Products. Propane And Butane Camp Stoves And Barbecues. Standard Propane Ranges. Solar Ovens. Where To Find Products Listed In Chapter. Checklist For Cooking Appliances.

7. Staying Clean, Healthy, and Safe.
The Problem. Staying Clean. Staying Healthy. Paper Products. Staying Safe. Where To Find Products Listed In Chapter. Checklist For Health, Safety, And Cleanliness. Create A Family Disaster Plan.

8. Communications And Transportation
The Problem. The Solution. Transportation. The Problem. The Solutions. Preparing Other Equipment.

9. Money, Finances, And Important Papers.
The Problem. The Solution. Important Papers To Have Available. Money And Finances.

10. Getting Your PC Ready for Y2K.
Does Your Pc Need To Be Fixed? A Brief History Of The Y2k/Pc Problem. Fixing Your Pc. The Five Levels Of Your Pc. And Then There's The Leap Year Y2k Problem. In Conclusion.

And Now for Some Good News
Y2K AS A GIFT
THE HIDDEN CODE OF Y2K
References and Resources
General Y2k Information
Y2K Books. Y2K Videos. Y2K Internet Links. Sample Letters. Computer Hardware and Software. Y2K Community Groups. Y2K Community Resource Groups. Organizing Techniques and Tools. State Resources. State Y2K Offices

U.S. Government Y2k Support
U.S. Senators and Representatives. U.S. Government Y2K Hotline.

U.S. Government's Y2k Free Hotline
Y2K for Kids. Consumer Alerts. Red Cross on Y2K. FEMA and Y2K. Disaster Preparedness. Principles and Objectives.

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Preface

PREFACE: Introduction
Mammoth productive facilities with computer minds, cities that engulf the landscape and pierce the clouds, planes that almost out race time- these are awesome, but they cannot be spiritually inspiring. Nothing in our glittering technology can raise man to new heights, because material growth has been made an end in itself, and, in the absence of moral purpose, man himself becomes smaller as the works of man becomes bigger. Gargantuan industry and government, woven into an intricate computerized mechanism, leave the person outside. The sense of participation is lost, the feeling that ordinary individuals influence important decisions vanishes, and man becomes separated and diminished.
When an individual is no longer a true participant, when he no longer feels a sense of responsibility to his society, the content of democracy is emptied. When culture is degraded and vulgarity enthroned, when the social system does not build security but induces peril, inexorably the individual is impelled to pull away from a soulless society. This process produces alienation-perhaps the most pervasive and insidious development in contemporary society.
— Dr. Martin Luther King

The biggest problems and opportunities with the Y2K bug are not going to be food storage, debugging code, or power outages, but how people react to the situation: how we treat each other; how much we help each other through this; what kind of creative, appropriate responses we meet the challenge with will determine whether we build and bring together our local communities or whether things degenerate into mobrule.
— Michael Connolly, WizCity (...
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