The Nation's First
Y2K Grassroots Community Preparedness Survey

Published Online
Thursday, May 20, 1999





Irv Thomas

Steve Davis


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Sunday, May 23, 1999

Reading through the comments brings up a reoccuring thought: if y2k is as effective as we believe it may be, there are very, very few of us really looking at what may become common reality. Only 100,000 are preparing now with food, but what's the longterm plan even for those? We seem to be playing chicken with an imminent train rushing our way. We have no basis to lament those who refuse to respond -- it is us who are ignoring basic instinct messages. Forget the masses. They were meant to lose big time, obviously. They have already refused the necessary psychological atunement -- developing an intuitive awareness. Although we may shout an alarm, we can only change ourselves. It is us who must step into what we believe most convincingly.

Our immediate resiliency resides in our flexibility and ability to improvise. Those who survive will find solutions. Period. (There are many ideas whose time has come, as well as working stopgaps. Every household in America owns the parts to a virtually free energy system. So what if it's a bit ugly, if what you want is energy, it works.) Creativity, imagination, self-determination -- shall we take these on as our birthright? Concerted beliefs will demand changes -- is a renewed life worth an energy shift?

Could survival really be at stake? If so, the future begins with you. You are the key to what will emerge. Listen to your heart. Are you where you are meant to be? Doing what you are meant to be doing? These answers are crucial if these are the times foretold. There is a limitless love for the evolution of humanity encouraging us on our path.




Friday, May 21, 1999

I am a 'fieldworker' in Seattle, who has been involved in this for close to ten months, now. While my own impression tallies quite closely with what you have turned up, I seem to have taken more of a birds-eye view in reading it, and I think I see something that may provide some additional perspective.

It's partly prompted, also, by the fact that we have just conducted a very successful micro-neighborhood potluck for the few blocks in my immediate area - this under the sponsoring assist of a Seattle generalized city preparedness program (for any kind of disaster) that has been provided on a very low-key basis (they pretty much shy away from any emphasis on y2k). It pulled in more than 60 people, plus kids, which we estimate to be around a third of the neighborhood!

It is the contrast between this, and the observations of attendance dwindling to nothing, from some of your participants, that alerted me to something that deserves looking at. Our prime neighborhood organizer, Henry, did what the 'upper level' organizers have merely been absorbed in talking about: he leaned ENTIRELY into the community aspect...the 'down home,' THIS-neighborhood community, and the need to get to know each other for whatever may be coming down. Sure, the structure of prepardness was spoken to, but NOT the detail of it, and none of the fear prompting. In other words, we assume that everybody pretty-much knows the issues, now, and it's like rolling up our sleeves and getting into COMMUNITY, before we begin to approach the planning and the detail.

So I am wondering if the great group of organizers who have prodded this grassroots development into existence might not, in fact, be finding themselves somewhat left behind in the wake of the very momentum they have created? Not that their challenge to the government is in any way faulty.. but that they might, themselves, be at risk of missing the boat whose engine they have primed. It may be time to get the troops back out into their micro-neighborhoods, and working out the neighbor-to-neighbor thing with strictly micro-organizing: who's keeping what supplies in their basement, and which house would work best for a giant bundling party, if it comes to that....I think you get my drift.

Irv Thomas



Thursday, May 20, 1999

Outstanding work David, you have done a wonderful job of taking the pulse of the community preparedness movement. Having watched the survey results feed in I can say that you have accurately captured the data as well as the sentiments of the respondents. This is important data for decision makers in Washington.

Thanks for all the hard the work and the professional and timely job of putting this together (and thanks to Tom for the idea).

Steve Davis
Coalition 2000