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I have gone though the Senate Report and formated the information so it is HTML friendly. Unfortunately I have decided not to include the graphics so one would have to see the Senate PDF files to get the graphics. (Not that there are many). The only graphic I included was the assessment on the Executive Summary.
Also as I am a Canadian the US Government file is not converted. Possibly a US forum member could reformat that file.
The Senate Report is the closest we are going to get for a big picture of the Y2K (Century Date Change) problem. They have done their job of compiling the information now it is nessesary for folks to communicate the challanges to those that aren't fully aware of the issues.
As Senator Bennett and Senator Dodd have pointed out this issue goes beyond the Iron Triangle. It will hit the individual, family, community, region, and countries around the world. We will not know the affects untill next year but that is no reason for people to sit on their hands. This information has to be communicated and people will have to assess their situation. Y2K in large part is a matter of location, location, location. Alot of the affects are going to be in the community and it is up to the members of the community to make their own judgements.
So communicate the information that is provided, print it out, Email links, set up a web page. Do your part to spread the information.
"IF YOU'RE GOING TO STOCKPILE ANYTHING, STOCKPILE INFORMATION."
Good Luck in your preparations for a safe Y2K.
Y2K in Canada and Beyond
Senate ReportExecutive Summary of 100 day report
Business 100 Day Senate Report Part One
Business 100 Day Senate Report Part Two
Financial Services 100 Day Senate Report
Transportation 100 Day Senate Report
Telecommunications 100 Day Senate Report
Health Care 100 Day Senate Report
Utilities 100 Day report
International 100 Day Senate Report Part One
International 100 Day Senate Report Part Two
Preparedness 100 Day Senate Report
Senate Y2K Committee 100 Day report Home Page
-- Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 23, 1999
Thanks so much for all your hard work. This is so much easier to read and analyze than .pdf.
As far as Bennett's statement of stockpiling information *laugh*--- yes, information is important, but after reading most of the report, I personally am going to stockpile food and water---- you can't eat or drink information.
-- cb (Great_Work_@nd_Many.Thanks), September 23, 1999.
Thank you for the time and effort on this you've put in on this. Thanks!
-- Linkmeister (email@example.com), September 23, 1999.
Brian, I had a go at the Food part that Marsh had translated--
If the rest of it is anything like the Food part, then I suggest the information you stockpile be printed on rice paper with soy-based ink. I just can't go through the rest of it tonight; I'll try tomorrow. Thanks for making it possible!
-- Old Git (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 23, 1999.
OG and cb
The reason I added the Robert Bennett quote is that people are not going to "get it" till they have good information. Not only that but the effects of Y2K are going to hit information sources. Most folks don't realize that aspect of Y2K.
My focus in formating this document is to alert folks. Not to tell them how to prepare for it. That is what the prep forum (and archive) is for. :o)
Preparation Forum!! Please Check it out!
TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum Top Level
TB Year 2000 Classic Preparation Archive
Choose the category you are interested in and press Enter. The link will appear in a new page. Close window to return.
Everyone is going to have differant challanges. It would be hard to judge the needs of someone in a rural area compared to someone in the city. Each has special needs. Anyway hopefully folks that want to critique the report could check out the thread;
We are running out of time. Its one thing we can't stockpile.
Oh and OG, of all folks on the forum you would be the one that has contributed the most in "stockpiling" information. A goodly portion of the prep archives have your name behind it. Thats the information that folks will need. It is never enough to give people food, it is always better to teach them to grow their own. *VBG*.
I think that you have helped out alot of folks along the way. Stockpile the prep information!
-- Brian (email@example.com), September 23, 1999.
Really? I'm surprised, honestly. I know Taz has some really good, practical prep info in the archives, as do many others. I wish I could type up and post more but it's not to be, not at the moment anyway. In the stuff retrieved from storage, I've got the rest of the old Organic Gardening magazines and I hope to get them posted at some point. There's just so much to do--I still haven't got the outdoor furniture from under the deck where it went for safety when Floyd was around! All I can say is if people follow Bannett's advice and do the research, they'll be prompted to stock up. Get your stash soon!
-- Old Git (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 23, 1999.
Gosh Brian, what a gift to all of us, lukers and otherwise....I've been on the Net 5 hours now, looking for just this kind of info for a friend who's in charge of a large (26 people and more espected to show up) community....she is still trying to convince 75% or the residence to do something....I'll pass this on and read it myself when I can stop the ol' head from nodding....thanks again, Brian....a real service. The Queen
-- Queen of Hearts (email@example.com), September 24, 1999.
Linked today by Gary North. Lurkers, click here after reading the Senate Report:
-- regular (TB2K@this.Forum), September 25, 1999.
Thanks for your caring about others, Brian. This report is the "writing on the wall" - too bad for all of us that the majority of people will not be prepared and likely panic. As a certified Red Cross Disaster Nurse, I have been trained in these matters... Y2K is a potential catastrophe beyond our comprehension. Not to mention the forecast of severe solar storms occurring during the first months of 2000. Very few are making any preparations at all... most folks that I have talked with are not even aware of the inadequate "winter storm preparations" message. The President's 'Community Conversations' educational program was a joke - i have not found one person who ever even heard of such a thing... most people honestly believe that "it's all been fixed - no problem!" Hmmm - I wonder why they think that?
If our government representatives had wanted the masses to prepare, there would have been major media coverage with public education announcements during prime time TV hours, news releases, etc. - and all of this would have been implemented months ago. We all know this would have worked; sure - there would have been some problems, but those could have been worked out while there was still time. Look at how the situation with Hurricane Floyd was handled... media focus and immediate public response. People got the message, they saw the storm on the 'horizon,' prepared, and got out of harm's way. In my opinion, the public has deliberately not been informed on the seriousness of Y2K and it smells of a massive cover up. And there should be severe penalties imposed upon those accountable for this great wrong which has been done the American people. God Bless - rhonda
-- rhonda greif (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 26, 1999.
rhonda greif, Amen!
-- Ashton & Leska in Cascadia (email@example.com), September 26, 1999.
rhonda, A & L,
I've got a different take on things. A year and a half ago I was Raving that the public should be informed...yada yada.
I spent enough time working for an estate planner when I was in college to get a feel for the way the markets work to make myself a danger to a suit shooting his mouth off.
I also know some uber-geeks that I respect who believe that it's going to be 'no big deal' - for the private sector.
That said, we all seem to agree that nobody knows what's going to happen, 'your mileage may vary'. Flint may be correct in the observation that there's no there there - yet.
I have always lived in earthquake country, and have a few hatches on my belt. I've never been able to convince my extended family members to get serious about preparing. They are intelligent people, and the economy has proved them winners more than conservative little me.
I can't fathom how the gov could become proactively effective, in an efficient & positive way. How would YOU mitigate the risk of touching off a premature crisis, one that might hurt us more in the long run?
I'm serious, if someone out there has a clue, I'd like to read it.
-- flora (***@__._), September 26, 1999.
Greetings to Flora & all others that care: Thanks for your serious concern. I will be glad to respond to your query with my thoughts about how our government should handle this potential "crisis," at this point in time. First, I think we would all agree that the truth would be a good starting point. Second, the 'premature' factor is now past history - with exactly 93 days until the rollover and counting down, there's not a lot of room for maneuvering. Third, anyone who works in emergency management can tell you that plenty could still be done to get people more prepared - materially, psychologically, and spiritually - even at this late date. Knowing that a fire is starting, even if just a few minutes beforehand, can be essential when it comes down to matters of life, death, or serious injury. That is why there is a national effort to equip all homes with smoke detectors, the reasoning being that even this last minute alarm can save lives and hopefully prevent suffering. If informing the public is going to result in a "panic" or crisis, I say then by all means let's get it over with NOW, while we still have functioning systems such as utilities, hospitals, telecommunications, and "local" law enforcement. We should all plan for the worst and hope for the best - just as with Hurricane Floyd - any other option is wishful thinking.
I would like to quote author and Y2K consultant, Michael S. Hyatt, from his Congressional testimony one year ago, on Sept. 24, l998, before the Subcommittee on Government Management, Information, and Technology (& the Subcommittee on Technology): "There are those who, if not saying it directly, are acting as if the people cannot be trusted with 'dangerous information.'... Some have suggested that if people know the truth, they will panic. Contrary to conventional wisdom, I say 'panic now and avoid the rush.' People cannot panic for fifteen months. They probably cannot even panic for a week. If people are going to panic, fine. Let's get it out of our system so that we can get down to the difficult business of emergency preparedness."
I agree with Mr. Hyatt wholeheartedly. Having worked in emergency rooms and intensive care units for the past 27 years, I have dealt extensively with those unfortunate individuals that were caught unaware and unprepared for life's disasters - taking dead bodies to the morgue is a most unpleasant task... it is also a very harsh teacher about the necessity of preparedness. Yes, as you pointed out, Flora, i agree that there are those who will not prepare - no matter what. That is their choice in a free society; however, as Mr. Hyatt says, "...our republic cannot function properly without an informed citizenry. This is true in elections and it is also true in facing an uncertain future. Our people must have full disclosure."
As for how one would go about initiating such a public awareness program, Mr. Hyatt gave some excellent suggestions, including a three- pronged strategy with emphasis on simple actions that congress could have implemented. Too bad that his excellent suggestions weren't followed by our elected leadership back in '98, while there was still time. The very real possibility of a public "wake up" with subsequent panic & dangerous overreaction now looms over us all; putting everyone, even the well-prepared, in the uncomfortable position of defense. What a sad state of affairs for our nation; for our neighbors, our friends, our families. Mr. Hyatt's congressional testimony is available at http://www.y2kmichaelhyatt.com/
Lastly, there is also the issue of other forces behind the scenes in the decisions being made by our lawmakers. An interesting perspective on this can be found in the Free Public Feature Article, "The Journalism Disconnect," on http:// www.y2knewswire.com/. This investigative site also has other articles available in their free archives which give further information on possible reasons why the American public is not being adequately informed on the potential dangers of Y2K problems. It is time that we start asking questions!
May we all face this approaching time of stress and uncertainty with courage and helping hearts... God Bless - rhonda
-- rhonda greif (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 26, 1999.