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I've been contacted by a Health Care profesional in the continental USA. As part of their Y2k contingency planning, they're looking for a series of Reporters during the 31 Dec - 01 Jan Transition, in the time zones for GMT+12 to GMT-3.
What this means is people who are at least e-mail capable, who will be by a machine during the transition, and who will report as best they're able on any problems or lack thereof.
IMHO Ideal would be someone who has access to someone in a Hospital who can within hours report any equipment (heart lung machines, cardiac monitors etc) that are inoperative, but even a simple "Everything appears normal" or "Intermittent Power Brownouts" with no Hospital connection would be useful.
Again IMHO Mobile Phone would be an advantage, as would ability to access multiple carrier phone lines. And INMARSATPHONE would be great. But none of the above is neccessary, dead silence from a region would be almost as useful as a report detailing scope of the problem.
FWIW I think there will be few problems in my neck of the woods, but reporters from SE Asia, China, Indian Subcontinent etc could be in a different position.
Re legal liability of reports forwarded through me - none, "All reasonable care and no responsibility for accuracy of reports." This appears to be a complete defence under Australian law for Y2k problem reports issued in good faith (note the "all reasonable care" bit), and I'm the guy who's attempting to find others to report, Jurisdiction is the Australian Capital Territory. If you wish anonymity, that's fine after I verify your bona fides as best I can.
In addition to reporters, I'm also looking for any organisations that would be interested in whatever data we have. I can guarentee at least one reporter - me - who's at GMT +11 (Australian Eastern Summer Time).
This is a voluntary service, there's no payment to anyone concerned. And it will mean some thankless work when everyone else is busy celebrating. But I will take the name of any reporter's favourite charitable organisation that would then be forwarded to all beneficiaries (with no obligation for them to do anything).
Feel free to forward to others who might be interested, but please be responsible. -- http://www2.dynamite.com.au/aebrain firstname.lastname@example.org <> <> How doth the little Crocodile | Alan & Carmel Brain| xxxxx Improve his shining tail? | Canberra Australia | xxxxxHxHxxxxxx _MMMMMMMMM_MMMMMMMMM email@example.com o O*OO^^^^OO*O o oo oo oo oo By pulling MAERKLIN Wagons, in 1/220 Scale
-- Alan E Brain (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 26, 1999
There is a FREE mailing list on onelist.com called "Y2K-Rollover-Watch", also with people from around the world who will monitor any breaking events, and verify them before posting.
Watching network operations, media feeds, satellite comms, government comms, and some private "back door" contacts.
A bunch of people who have to work in EOC's, Network Operations Centers, and corporate "war" rooms are participating.
Name of the list is:
Then there is another money grubbing group, whom's name I will not mention, that want to charge $10,000 US for anyone to use their Y2K watch resources. They do not deserve the free advertisement!They sure are not doing it out of their concern for mankind.
It just shows you that some people will bleed the last penny they can out of the Y2K situation.
-- Cherri (email@example.com), November 26, 1999.
No doubt this Forum will be hopping, until the power and Net go down.
-- not normal (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 26, 1999.
PROBLEMS WITH MEDICAL DEVICES, SUPPLIES, AND PHARMACEUTICALS AT THE ROLLOVER CAN ACTUALLY BE REPORTED TO THE FDA. THEY HAVE THEIR USUAL "MEDWATCH" MECHANISM FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS AND NOW HAVE A TEN PERSON EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER IN PLACE. IT COSTS NOTHING AND THE NEWS WILL QUICKLY BE RELAYED APPROPRIATELY BECAUSE THEY HAVE HAD THESE OPERATIONS IN PLACE FOR A LONG TIME. CHECK THE FDA.GOV WEB SITE.
-- tt (email@example.com), November 26, 1999.
-- hiding in plain (sight@edge. of no-where), November 26, 1999.