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-- Linkmeister (, January 07, 2000


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Thursday January 6, 2:47 pm Eastern Time

Company Press Release

SOURCE: California Office of Emergency Services

State OES Says Keep Y2K Supplies on Hand for Mother Nature's Surprises

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Y2K Bug is gone but the supplies you purchased to get ready for the New Year should stay. The Governor's Office of Emergency Services says that if you want to be prepared for an earthquake, severe winter storm, or fire then you need to hold on to your canned goods, water, batteries and other preparedness supplies you purchased for Y2K.

``Y2K was a terrific opportunity for California residents to practice preparing for the many emergencies and disasters that have plagued our state in recent years,'' said OES Director Dallas Jones. ``If you prepared for Y2K then it was money well spent. The supplies you set aside will serve you well in the event Mother Nature strikes your home or neighborhood.''

Within the last 10 years every part of California has suffered the effects of natures wrath. From major earthquakes, severe winter storms, and wildland fires, residents across the state have had their lives disrupted to some degree.

``No matter where you live in this State, you are not immune from disaster,'' added Jones. ``This is why it is important to keep your Y2K supplies on hand or get the necessary supplies to help you get by for three to seven days.'' Suggested items include:

* One gallon of water per person per day

* Plenty of nonperishable food

* Alternative cooking sources (i.e., campstoves, outdoor grill)

* First aid kit

* Batteries

* Warm clothes and blankets

Excess perishable supplies from Y2K preparedness kits can be donated to a local food bank or other charity.

For more preparedness information, contact your county Office of Emergency Services or visit the OES Web site at

SOURCE: California Office of Emergency Services


-- Linkmeister (, January 07, 2000.

They put something like this out every year (born & raised in Ca, and still living here), but it seems this time they've added a few things. Maybe they've learned on the value of being prepared. Especially after the last couple of disasterous floods in the Northern Central Valley.

Ever since the Loma Prieta earthquake, I've always kept food, charcoal, water & batteries on hand. My family laughs at me every time they see my pantry, but I just shrug & let 'em!

-- Newbie (, January 07, 2000.

Yup, as I've said before, we're overdue for a 9 quake, and nothing goes back to the store. We're shifting our focus from stocking to hardening - fastening things to walls, other purely quake-related things that we let slide while getting ready for the rollover.

There's lots of situations that call for a full pantry, and very few that make it advantageous to have an empty one.

-- bw (home@puget.sound), January 07, 2000.

Roger that, bw. The prep exercise was excellent for us here in quake country (SoCal) and my daughter has stated repeatedly how glad she is that we've finally prepped for a "shaker". I still need to get some of the big items more secured, but we're certainly in much better shape for loss of "infrastructure" now.

-- DeeEmBee (, January 07, 2000.

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