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Does anyone know what the various agencies recommendations are for length of preparedness? Is every agency spouting the 3-day ice storm routine? Or are some agencies giving different time frames? I saw on the Red Cross site that they are telling folks to prepare for a minimum of 3 days, but suggesting as much as a week in preps. Is any official or quasi-official agency, government or private, suggesting more? Thanks!

-- CD (, August 28, 1999


a friend of a friend is on welfare and they just mail them a letter with their monthly ( weekly) checks saying that they should prepare for at least one week. the sad part is that this friend of a friend got very upset about the letter and proclaimed that this is all nonsense and she does not need to prepare because it is the govm'ts respnsibility to take care of her. it just show you these are the types of people we keep on our payrolls( every week a portion of my and yours paychecks goes towards their "Welfare"

-- rena (, August 28, 1999.

My county agencies, newspaper, utilities say NOTHING! Nada, zippo about any preparing! However, the local electrical workers are telling the locals to prepare for 3 weeks or more. This is only done person to person with those they feel they know. Really strange, so quiet. I sometimes just want to run hollering down the middle of Main St. saying "for God sake wake up, read more than the local rag".

I feel better now, thanks for the opportunity to rant on this thread.

Keepin' on, Keepin' on

-- Sammie (, August 29, 1999.

Janet Abrahms from the president's council on Y2K was on CSPAN this morning advising enough food for a long holiday weekend--two to three days. That helps, right? The good thing was that callers sounded very astute. All she kept saying was for people to contact their banks and utilities. Like that would do so much good. Someone even sent in a statment--it wasn't attributed--that the GPS rollover had only somne problems with the cars in Japan. Yet last Monday I read that the Coast Guard itself had a couple of goofs. Rewrite history, huh.

-- Mara Wayne (, August 29, 1999.

From: Y2K, ` la Carte by Dancr near Monterey, California

I vaguely recall, and someone else's recollection confirmed this, that the Red Cross used to encourage folks to be always stocked up for a few weeks. Apparently it has been only during the past few years that they have reduced their general recommendation to a mere three days.

FEMA recommends a few weeks, though they may be downgrading recently, too.

I have heard that several counties across the United States are encouraging folks to be ready for a few months. Sometimes they say that if you're in a remote area it could be at least that long before help gets around to you.

Then, there are those of us who aren't counting on any help at all...

-- Dancr (addy.available@my.webpage.neener.autospammers--regrets.greenspun), August 30, 1999.

The Red Cross used to recommend one to two weeks of preparation, and only downgraded it for Y2K...(under pressure?)

-- Mad Monk (, August 30, 1999.

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