The Nation's First
Y2K Grassroots Community Preparedness Survey

Published Online
Thursday, May 20, 1999

 

 

Part One:
The United States (A-M)

Task Force Directors are marked with an *

We received no responses from the states not listed.

 

Alaska

Juneau , David LaChapelle

 

Arizona

* Camp Verde, Jack Young

Dewey, Dan LeMond

Flagstaff, Ronald Cornish

Flagstaff, Steve Haag

Prescott, Katie Baird

Prescott, Grace Wicks

* Sedona, David Sunfellow

Sedona, Jana Shiloh

* Sho Low, Quila Rider

 

Arkansas

Fayetteville, Patricia Mikkelson

 

California

Camp Meeker, Stephanie Hiller

Los Osos, Bill Mueller

Mount Shasta, Mark Gibson

* Napa, Mick Winter

* Nevada County, Sheri Nakken

* Oakland, Chuck Eckerman

Oakland, Barbara Liston

Petaluma, Scott Hess

Poway, Marie Gunther

* Santa Barbara, Bill Seavey

* Santa Barbara, Bayard Stockton

* Santa Cruz, Bob Lewis

Santa Cruz, Michele Robbins

San Francisco Bay Area, David Goldberg

 

Colorado

Golden, Gerry Kolisch

Roxborough Park, John N. Miller

 

Florida

Clearwater, Joose Hadley

 

Hawaii

* Kauai, Karlos deTreaux

 

Maryland

Montgomery County, Joseph R. Whaley

 

Massachusetts

Arlington, Sandy Vorce

Harvard, Pamela Frederick

Shelburne, Carl Silver

Shutesbury, Brice Wilson

Wayland, Jan Nickerson

 

Michigan

Birmingham, Jeff Roberts

 

Minnesota

* Minneapolis, Mitra Milani

 

Mississippi

* Ocean Springs, Sherry Stultz

 

Missouri

The Ozarks, Susan Wiseheart

 

Montana

Great Falls, Strausbauch

* Missoula, Cami Price

 

 

Go to:

Overview

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

 
 

The Survey Itself
Part One:
The United States (A-M)

Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana

Go To:
Overview Page | Part One | Part Two | Part Three

 

 

 

Alaska

David La Chapelle
Juneau, Alaska

Tides of Change

Community organizer, maintainer of a website, public speaker.

eMail: dlachape@ptialaska.net
Website:
Tides of Change
Phone: (907) 586-1300

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 21592, Juneau, AK 99802

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

c) worse

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

b) not changed much since January

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

That the risks of Y2K need to be understood within the context of other signifigant stressors. That a nationwide initiative for community self reliance should be launched and that clear and cogent leadership is needed on this important issue.

 

 

 

Arizona

Jack Young
Camp Verde, Arizona
Chairman of The Camp Verde Y2K Task Force

We have been meeting on a regular basis since October of 1998. There are seven volunteer members of our group: Rod Cameron, author of "Preparing for Y2K and Beyond," Don Jensen, gardener par excellence, Christine Schnieder,registered nurse and currently working at Marcus J. Lawrence Hospital, Ross Withers, retired police captain from the Chula Vista Police Department after 32 years, Bob Minner, retired aircraft mechanic and ham radio operator, Mark Peterson, currently employed by the AZ Fish and Game Department and has been for more than 30 years, and myself, self employed, with my own business in Camp Verde for twenty years.

Jack Young
eMail: jajayo@yahoo.com
Phone:
(520) 567-3739 (Day)
Fax: (520) 567-9694

Mailing Address:
830 Butler ln, Camp Verde, AZ, 86322

Rod Cameron: (520) 567-2145
Don Jensen: (520) 567-6346
Christine Schnieder: (520) 567-9598
Bob Minner: (520) 567-9598
Ross Withers: (520) 567-6941
Mark Peterson: (520) 567-4398

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

a) better

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

b) stayed about the same

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

a) moved ahead well

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

In addition to dividing our community into block neigborhoods, we have adopted a plan from another community in Utah and modified it to suit our purposes. We have met with our town council and they have agreed to pay for the cost of printing our plan (three thousand copies) and drafting a cover letter to go with it to the tune of $1400.00.We have agreed to distribute, with the help of our block volunteers, a copy to every household in Camp Verde.

 

Dan LeMond
Dewey, Arizona

Ordinary citizen. My family of five and a few inlaws are "My Group."

eMail: lemond@northlink.com
Phone: (520) 632-7883

Mailing Address:
HC61 Box 1525, Dewey, AZ 86327

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

b) about the same: Community organization appears to be about the same just quieter.

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

The people who are aware and continually educate themselves about Y2K seem to have quietly gone underground. Their preparations have increased a great deal and most are on a very strict timeline. On the other hand, some of the people that used to discuss Y2K and not worry, do not talk about it anymore. The general attitude is that the US government has everything under control and from what they see now there is nothing to worry about.

a) increased: These folks read as much as they can (these are not hardcore survivalist or doomsayers -- just regular good folks). Their decisions are based on info they can get from both sides. They have always seen it as a people problem, more than a computer problem. There are too many bad people that they feel will choose to use Y2K to do bad things.

c) decreased: These folks have seen all they want and do not care for the matter to be brought up, ever.

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

Mr. Koskinen should try harder to stem the flow of halftruths and lies that are coming from the government regarding Y2K. This has made it very difficult for the average person to try and make proper decisions that will effect their lives. This administration has been badly damaged and with so many contradicting stories about Y2K, the average American citizen is very confused.

 

Ronald Cornish
Flagstaff, Arizona

Northern Arizona Y2K ARRC Group

Community organizer, business person, public speaker.

eMail: zyxz@aol.com
Phone: (520) 774-0036
Fax: (520) 213-0385

Mailing Address:
Box 3057, Flagstaff, AZ 86003

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

c) worse

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

a) moved ahead well

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

The government and major industry leaders have done a remarkable job in calming the public about the potential risks associated with Y2K to the point that there seems a disregard for the need for any preparation. The message comes across as: NO disruptions, NO worries, NO need. Could this possibly be a case of oversell? I see a considerable drop in interest in preparing contingency plans among citizens, businesses, and even the city and county emergency response agencies. Please be aware that the message is being received as ALL CLEAR. My concern is that in our haste to avoid panic, we have instead induced a SOMA-like state of complacency. Danger exists with either extreme, let us not substitute one overreaction with another.

 

Steve Haag
Flagstaff, Arizona

Ordinary citizen. Have been to a few meetings with Northern Arizona's Y2K Awareness Response Recovery Citizens Group.

eMail: shaag7@aol.com
Phone: (520) 526-4322

Mailing Address:
6145 Treadway Trail, Flagstaff, AZ 86004

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

c) worse: Seems to be flattening out a little. Some burn out. Some malaise.

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

Not sure.

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

a) moved ahead well: Local Government seems to be pretty engaged with the issues, and attempting to bring all the different public sectors together to share info and brainstorm.

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

It's a great time to look at whole systems and see/appreciate how everything is connected.

 

Katie Baird
Prescott, Arizona
Prescott Y2K Coalition

Ordinary citizen, business person, maintainer of a website.

eMail: ktcosmos@lankaster.com
Website: Prescott Y2K Coalition
Phone: (520) 445-4724
Fax: (520) 445-0012

Mailing Address:
1567 Shoup St., Prescott, AZ 86305

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

c) worse

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

a) increased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

b) not changed much since January

 

Grace Wicks
Prescott, Arizona
Student Alliance for Y2K Awareness, The Prescott Y2K Coalition

Community organizer, ordinary citizen, journalist, public speaker.

eMail: bfreedom@northlink.com
Phone: (520) 541-0153

Mailing Address:
301Grove Ave., Prescott, AZ 86305

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

b) about the same: Started down, went way up, and now its down again.

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased: It has increased, then decreased, I believe it will increase again soon.

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

a) moved ahead well: albiet slowly

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

People need something new. It's time to move into preparation. Time to get our hands in the soil and kick into action gear. Actions speak louder than words. Lets rock 'n roll! Also, the nuclear issue must be addressed with mass participation. I say we focus on a key issue on the national front and push it 'till it breaks open the pandoras box. Nuclear is it. Let us concentrate our national resources. Focus on the most critical! I think the move is to have very accesible proactive grassroots activities jumping in local communities while concentrating national resources on the nuclear issue.

 

David Sunfellow
Sedona, Arizona

Director
The Sedona Y2K Task Force

eMail: nhne@nhne.com
Website: The Sedona Y2K Task Force, wild2k, The NHNE Y2K Report, NHNE
Phone: (520) 282-6120
Fax: (815) 346-1492

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2242, Sedona, AZ 86339

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

c) worse

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

b) not changed much since January

Overall, the City of Sedona, which has a population of about 10,000, appears to be in pretty good shape. About $100,000.00 has been spent on it's Y2K efforts, which have been overseen by Lisa Sivey, Information Systems Coordinator, and Eric Levitt, Deputy City Manager. The areas our city has focused on include: Police, Wastewater, Traffic Lights, Flooding Warning System, Court, Community Development, General Information Systems, Financial Systems. To date, the city claims the following systems have been fully remediated: Internal Financial Systems, PCs and Network Capability, Traffic Lights, Police Computer Aided Dispatch System. They plan to have remaining potential problem areas repaired or replaced by September 1, 1999.

The City has been in constant communication with the power company, water companies and Citizens gas and is presently working on the development of contingency plans, which they expect to have finished by September 1, 1999.

At a city-sponsored Y2K panel discussion, which took place in November of 1998, the main provider of water to the city of Sedona revealed that Sedona only had a couple days worth of water if the power failed. We also learned that the water company in question had no backup generators and no plans to buy any. The City of Sedona has since purchased two portable generators that can be used to pump water in an emergency (I'm not sure how much fuel they are planning to stockpile).

While the City of Sedona is aggressively working on its critical infrastructures, there is, unfortunately, no program to encourage local residents to prepare for potential disturbances, nor is there a joint city-grassroots team working on community-wide preparedness efforts. This could change in the near future.

For more information about the City of Sedona's Y2K efforts, you can visit their Y2K website.

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

Read David Sunfellow's Written Testimony
for the U.S. Senate's Special Committee on the Year 2000 Technology Problem

 

Jana Shiloh
Sedona, Arizona
The Sedona Y2K Task Force

Ordinary citizen.

I really have been burned out, even on our own preparations. It feels overwhelming and after dealing with depression about it etc., we really needed a break.

 

Quila Rider
Show Low, Arizona

With two other people I started holding meetings in Show Low on preparing the community with info on Y2K and prepardness info. Our efforts have stalled after five meetings, but some of the churches have started to hold meetings and the city government is now holding info forums for the community. Due to some hurdles -- having been calIed "an anti-government extremist" in a public forum by the city manager; never having a city official show up to a meeting even though they were repeatedly invited; having the college where we were meeting get upset at our use of the word URGENT; using the quote "The same government that says your tax dollars are being put to good use says Y2K will be a minor inconvenience" in our flyers; and an inflammatory article in the newspaper that misquoted us -- I have stepped back from organizing as I feel the energy has shifted and what I wanted to accomplish has in some part been accomplished: the community has been aroused out of a slumber and is getting informed and prepared more than they were before. This shift happened about the same time it happened in Sedona. I feel good about the part I played in waking the community up. I knew when I started that not everyone would prepare, but knew we could affect some -- and we did.

eMail: actqr@webtv.net
Phone/Fax: (520) 537-4411

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13254, Show Low, AZ 85901

 

 

 

Arkansas

 

Patricia Mikkelson
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Sustainable Living Network

Helping to create an eco-village and alternative currency/mutual credit system.

eMail: ozarkecovillages@hotmail.com
Phone: (501) 582-0628

Mailing Address:
2414 Blackberry Lane, Fayetteville, AR 72703

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

a) better

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

Don't know.

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

I think it is important for people to have a safe place to go to in the country where they can, if necessary, be self-sufficient, and be around others with the same intention. People may not necessarily be able to live there now, but just to know that they can go there in an emergency is wonderful. I found many, many people are very drawn to this idea, and I am in the process of creating an eco-village, which will consist of a land trust where people can be stewards over small pieces of land -- as little as 40 feet by 70 feet. There will be common land available where intensive gardening can be done on plots leased by residents. There will also be larger parcels available -- three acres or even more, depending on the amount of land we purchase. We are looking a places in the Ozarks, and have people from as far as Oregon, Arizona, California, and Florida who are interested. Land is relatively cheap here, and there are no building codes in the county we are exploring. We are also looking into the absolute cheapest, easiest, fastest way of building homes which seems to be a material called Fibercrete, or paper crete, which is a combination of discarded paper made into pulp, and a small amount of concrete, and water. We have studied community creation extensively and lived in communities, and believe we have a good structure to allow people to live cooperatively, yet autonomously. Even if nothing happens, I believe that the creation of successful eco-villages all over the world will be a powerful way to assist people in living sustainably.

I also believe that if we can strengthen our local economies by introducing barter systems modeled after LETS and Ithaca Hours, this will soften the blows of economic hardships caused by Y2K.If you want more information, send an SASE to me at the address I have given.

 

 

 

California

 

Stephanie Hiller
Camp Meeker, California
Camp Meeker Community Builders

Community organizer, ordinary citizen, held three meetings, trying to get the word out, trying to take advantage of Y2K disturbance to build tighter community.

eMail: hiller@monitor.net

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

c) worse: Started in Jan, stopped (for now) in April, not much response after Jan

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

 

Bill Mueller
Los Osos, California

Community organizer: I started at the very beginning of our Y2K movement in Dec. 1998 with five other individuals. I have worked at the county preparation level as our CSD's local government representative, until my local neighborhood began to stir. I have since migrated to assisting here locally more intensely while maintaining my presence at the county level.

Government official: I served on the Los Osos CSD (Community Services District) Y2K Ad Hoc Committee as Chairperson. I represented our local area at the county level. I essentially kept the local government in the game until awareness reached the local people and they could come forward at ease because there was "something" already going on.

Ordinary citizen: http://www.billmueller.com/Home.html will be a major place for me to reiterate my concerns and keep in touch with the Central Coast. I believe my "connections" are very good and I can speak as well as provide a needed business solution. I'll be working on that very soon.

Business person: My business is ICS - Infinite Computer Services

Journalist: I write a bi-monthly column called The Cyber Series for The Bay Breeze, a local publication. I frequently write on Internet related topics, but have been filtering Y2K articles for a year now.

Maintainer of a websites: I maintain the websites for: San Luis Obispo County Y2K Action Alliance and Los Osos Y2K

Public speaker: I speak for the Kiwanis, Rotary, Jurur's Association, Central Coast Funds for Children, DNC and anyone else who will have me (I expect to be speaking a lot this year and I am preparing my "generic" speech that I can use everywhere, with slight twists depending on the emphasis and timing of events).

eMail: y2k@billmueller.com, y2k@SLOCountyY2K.org, y2k@ics24hours.com
Website: San Luis Obispo County Y2K Action Alliance, Los Osos Y2K, Bill Mueller.Com
Phone: (805) 534-9807
Fax: (805) 534-9017

Mailing Address:
1196 17th Street, Los Osos, California 93402

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

a) better: I know more people are responding because of our presence.

b) about the same: Some ideas have been tried and some have worked, some have not; we appear to be stuck at this point as if we, collectively, are trying to determine the best direction to move forward.

c) worse: I say this because everyone is getting "knocked down" due to the lethargic response we receive compared with our desires. But the local authorities appear to be "taking over" our group now which I think is a good idea because they are experienced in OR stuff; hopefully the right message will get out.

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

a) increased: A trickling effect and should be better for effective plans to be made. I believe we'll have to possibly be preparing for "panic" vs "planning" because uncertainty is definitely settling in. We're as ready as we ever will be thank God.

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

b) not changed much since January: This is the best answer even though we have had good public arena support from the Los Osos CSD, Sheriff, SLO City Fire Dept, Local OES (Office of Emergency Services) for the county effort. Locally though, movement is dependent on what the county is doing because of our non city incorporation.

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

I would like to say to anyone who should be making a "REAL" difference and are not, that I believe a very serious and damaging "crap shoot" is occurring in our society. Snake eyes, while probability is low, still are peering. "United we stand and United we fall."

 

Mark Gibson
Mount Shasta, California
Y2K Community Resource Center of Mount Shasta

Community organizer, ordinary citizen, public speaker.

eMail: gibson@macshasta.com
Phone: (530) 926-1036
Fax: (530) 926-5968

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1226, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

c) worse

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

b) not changed much since January

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

There needs to be greater encouragement for neighborhoods to organize and create support groups in case there are impacts to water, food, shelter, and heat.

 

Mick Winter
Napa, California

Chariman Napa Valley Citizens for Year 2000 Preparedness

Community organizer, ordinary citizen, maintainer of a website, public speaker.

eMail: mick@y2knapa.com
Website: Napa Valley Citizens for Year 2000 Preparedness, Y2K Neighborhoods, Y2K Dates
Fax: (707) 257-2242

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2254, Napa, CA 94558

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

b) about the same

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

a) moved ahead well

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

Our community will currently not come close to being prepared. At best, a small percentage of people will be prepared for 3-7 days. Low-income, disabled, elderly and most others will not be prepared at all. Our local governments have focused on getting their own computers and systems to work. They have done almost nothing to look after the citizens. This could conceivably change, but not while the federal government tells the public, and our local governments, that there is nothing to worry about.

 

Sheri Nakken
Nevada County, California

Coordinator Western Nevada County Y2K Preparedness Network

Community organizer - grassroots group, business person, journalist, maintainer of a website, public speaker, member of County Y2K Task Force (members are appointed by County Board of Supervisors and County Administrator).

eMail: wncy2k@nccn.net
Website: Western Nevada County Y2K Preparedness Network
Phone: (530) 346-9325
Fax: (530) 346-9425

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1563, Nevada City CA 95959

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

c) worse (except for work with county officials)

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

a) moved ahead well

The Nevada County Y2K Task Force (appointed members of government and local citizens -- appointed by County Administrator & Board of Supervisors) has been meeting biweekly since early February. The County Board of Supervisors is grateful for and pleased with our efforts and has initially allocated $5000 for expenses. We are working on public forums related to Utilities (electric, gas, phone); Local Utilities (water, sewer, etc.); Health Care & Food; Business Services (banking, insurance, small business). We have already held a private forum with local support systems/safety net people such as churches, hospice, senior services, etc. to explore what they are already doing for those most vulnerable and will explore further how they may participate in preparing those most vulnerable for Y2K and planning with us for contingencies. One of the most significant things that the Task Force conducted was Emergency Table Top Exercises with a cross-section of people involved in emergency services in our county -- fire, sheriff, city police, California Highway Patrol, water, social services, Red Cross, representatives from the cities, etc. We explored a variety of scenarios from short-term loss of power to up to 3 months loss; short -erm loss of telecommunications to up to 3 months loss; panic related to Y2K; and general problems resulting from New Year's Eve Celebrations (we also are a major tourist county). These first exercises focused on exploring what the PROBLEMS might be. Future exercises will focus on SOLUTIONS and contingency plans. We also are working on an educational brochure to assist in alerting the public as to how to prepare personally as well as an information telephone line.

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

I see a lull right now in new people becoming aware of Y2K and wanting information, but I also needed a break from the hectic pace of October to mid-April. I attribute a lot of that lull to the "happy, happy" message being put out by the government, business and media without any basis in reality. You are not doing citizens any favors with your fear of panic. People will not panic for eight months straight and need information now of the possibilities and not "don't worry, be happy." They need quality information and a bringing together of people to solve this.

 

Chuck Eckerman
Oakland, California
Executive Director and Co-Founder Oakland Prepared Neighbors

Community organizer, government official, business person, public speaker.

eMail: chuck@homecomputerworks.com
Website: Y2K Neighborhood Meeting
Phone: (510) 420-5772
Fax: (510) 595-0593

Mailing Address:
275 Monte Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611-4940

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

a) better

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

b) stayed about the same

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

a) moved ahead well (extremely well)

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

The City of Oakland has moved towards an aggressive public awareness campaign through the Office of Emergency Services. The outreach will include providing Y2K information along with a preparation guide in six different languages, a local Y2K and emergency preparedness video and audio tapes. OES is committed to provide a clear and consistent message about Y2K. Additionally, broadcasting on Radio 510 (emergency radio station) will begin within the next 30 days. Public Service announcements will air 24 hours a day and the message will get stronger as the year progresses. An emergency preparedness and Y2K fair is planned for the fall at the Coliseum or the Kaiser Center in downtown Oakland.

I would like to invite John Koskinen to hear about Oakland's progressive efforts using general emergency preparedness as the way to reach the public at large.

 

Barbara Liston
Oakland, California

Scrunchers Anonymous

Community organizer, ordinary citizen, business person, journalist, maintainer of a website (club), public speaker.

eMail: bliston@jps.net
Website: Scrunchers Anonymous
Phone: (510) 704-5566
Fax: (510) 482-8803

Mailing Address:
4028 Barner Avenue, Oakland, CA 94602-3415

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

a) moved ahead well (in some cases)

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

It works a lot better if you integrate Y2K in with the rest of the work the neighborhoods are doing, since all of their efforts are to provide for a safe and supportive environment. Thus preparing for Y2K may result in lower crime rates, since neighbors are trained in how to look out for each other, and how to work as a team. It may result in better education for the kids as a result of the after-school clubs starting this fall, geared for preparedness. It may result in neighborhoods becoming communities due to a focus on sustainability. I no longer think it makes sense to treat Y2K as special. Our preparedness training (which is free from the city, due to the earthquake and fire) is geared toward fires and earthquakes, but Y2K is now a part of the discussions as well. I am emphasizing to people I talk to that it doesn't matter if they believe anything will happen or not since we need to know all of this stuff for any kind of emergency. I tell them that the real question is that if everything were to stop (water, power, etc.) could you survive? For how long? Do you think you should be able to survive if everything stopped? For how long? What do we need, and what do we need to know how to do to survive for a week? How do we work with our neighbors to make this easier?

We are also fortunate in Oakland since we have an infrastructure in the city that provides liaisons into the city services (the Neighborhood Services Coordinators) and free survival training to the residents. But you never know what will happen once you get involved with the community. One of the most rewarding outcomes has been that four neighborhood groups came together and established an alternative school for our local middle school. I got involved since I was talking with the school administration about the earthquake/Y2K preparedness club that I will run for them next fall. Another great outcome is getting to know the vast array of city services available to us, if we only know how to ask. The best outcome is getting to know all of these great people, my neighbors.

 

Scott Hess
Petaluma, California

Petaluma Y2K Community Forum (evolving into Sustainable Petaluma)

Community organizer, ordinary citizen, public speaker.

eMail: bluespin@earthlink.net
Phone: (707) 765-0580

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2921, Petaluma, CA 94953

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

b) about the same: But evolving under the banner Sustainable Petaluma

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

a) moved ahead well

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

I would like him to speak out on the importance of neighborhood and community organizing. We need to hear from him.

 

Marie Gunther
Poway, California

Poway Chapter UWSA - CA

Small group leader, ordinary citizen, supplier of Y2K information to previous Y2K city chairwoman.

eMail: marieusa@home.com

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

c) worse

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

c) slacked off or gotten worse (made fun of!)

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

Koskinen is part of the problem! He has down-played Y2K importance. He has participated in staging public publicity stunts to give Americans a false sense of security. He has recently coached the media on how to report on y2k -- in pollyanna flavor.Y2K is NOT a top-down solution -- just the opposite, it is bottom up! Your chances of survival alone are not good; as a community they are much better, especially if society breaks down.

The community government should be very involved by training its citizens to perform critical infrastructure type-jobs in the event of disruption, establishing emergency centers, using community buildings and churches, etc. This should have been started because citizens need to be trained and organized way in advance.

My community was moving in this direction -- until FEMA spoke with our fire chief. The Firechief appears to be "a player" and has delayed the course the community had been on since September. I no longer trust my local government officials because I have caught the Firechief in major lies regarding actual remediation and impact. He pokes fun at Y2K, publicly. The appointed Y2K chairwoman grew to realize the systemic nature and interdepedency of Y2K. She was able to get approved city funds to bring in TAVA technologies to inventory our city in December. She arranged for a Y2K "In Home Survival" public, government provided meeting on January 27th. Over 500 people attended. That was the end of it. For unknown reasons, but I can guess, she resigned last month. FEMA appears to hamper local organizing. I would like to know why?!

 

Bill Seavey
Santa Barbara, California
North Santa Barbara County Y2K Preparedness Group

The "North Santa Barbara County Y2K Preparedness Group" has ceased to exist, mostly because I just don't want to pour any more resources into it -- had set up an office, even expanded it in March anticipating the downline from April 1 date problems, etc. Peter de Yager discouraged me greatly, but so did all the community meetings where (a few) people listened and then didn't seem to take it all to heart. I was also selling some products like a small solar electric system and the hassles of maintaining stock, having a credit card vendor AND paying for office space didn't seem to be worth the effort.

I knew instinctively that if there weren't problems after April 1 then I would have a hard time telling people categorically that they could be endangered later. I believe the fears peaked too early to be sustained by most people, and with the spring many folks (especially in cold climes) probably just wanted to turn to more positive activities. I sure did.

I think we erred in believing and preaching that people would not have enough time to prepare, say, later in 1999 -- and this may have been true if most continued to emphasize freeze-dried food acquisitions and kerosene lamps etc. which WERE in short supply in some quarters. But I think many have grown to believe (as I have) that a month's supply of canned goods, water, and some alternative fuel sources will get us through.

I've always seen electric utility viability as the linchpin issue and am not at all convinced there will be dependable power (thus, my interest in solar electricity spurred me to get involved). Yet I know that so very few will be willing to commit a thousand dollars upward to have an off-the-grid system and they seem to be willing to deal with, essentially, primitive camping approaches if worst comes to worse. (But truth remains, most still can't conceive of it happening). I find this all very ironic because I really made a heck of an effort for a few months and even wrote a forward to a new Y2K book about the time I was trying to dissassociate from it. I haven't had the ostracizing experience of a John O'brien in Chico (CA), but for me it has been time to move on to other things.

I feel confident my family is prepared for 1-2 months short of maybe $500 in purchases I may have to make at the last minute if the news gets bad. I'm prepared to barter some of my generator flashlights in my own neighborhood, mostly out of goodwill for all they will really accomplish in helping make people self-suffiient who didn't start earlier. Beyond that, I don't know.

eMail: wlseavey@hotmail.com

 

Bayard Stockton
Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara Y2K

Leader of the group; moderator for series of town meetings in SB Community College Adult Education; liaison to official organizations and Red Cross. Community organizer, ordinary citizen, journalist, publisher, public speaker.

eMail: drayab@silcom.com
Website: Santa Barbara Y2K
Phone: (805) 966-2695

Mailing Address:
1022 G East De La Guerra St., SB CA 93103-2428

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

Phrasing question wrong for us. We had huge success in a series of town meetings in Jan-Feb, then took a break. When we resumed in April, attendance plummeted. I'm actually cancelling the town meetings tonight (Thurs, May 6).

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

See above.

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

a) moved ahead well: Much improved. Originally we were viewed with anywhere between hostility and amusement. Now we are completely accepted and working closely with City, County, State offices and the Red Cross. We are merging our pure Y2K efforts with all emergency preapredness and preparing a united front, probably to premier in a TV series in the fall; also doing a joint column in the local daily paper, which was SBY2K's initiative.

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

Damn right. I think the Feds -- Koskinen and all -- are way out of touch with the people. I also think their message, while attemping to curb panic and anxiety, has underplayed the seriouness of Y2K, as well as the possible midterm effects. I suspect all this has been done for political reasons which should not influence major public policy on national events.

 

Bob Lewis
Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz Y2K Community Task Force

Community organizer, ordinary citizen, public speaker.

eMail: rllewis@cadence.com
Website: Santa Cruz Y2K Community Task Force
Phone: (831) 464-5340

Mailing Address:
SCCY2KTF, PO Box 7019, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

c) worse

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

b) not changed much since January

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

People need to know that there are very REAL POSSIBILITIES of major disruptions to fundamental services. While the process of opening public discussion on such topics as environmental disaster, social disorder, economic recession, martial law, etc. is certainly a challenging one, it must be put forth. If the government and media continue to try and sedate the public with false assurances, and not address the fear that is ALREADY present in many people, the fallout from this will most surely be panic and distress, at both personal and societal levels.

President Clinton needs to tell the WORLD that Y2K is a VERY SERIOUS ISSUE, and that, while there are certainly major crises happening in our world this very moment, preparation for Y2K must be given the highest priority at all levels. The public should be told that the fact that governments and businesses are spending BILLIONS of dollars on Y2K means it is a MAJOR issue, not that the problems are going to be taken care of by this expenditure.

Basically, a more balanced and realistic message must be given to the global public. This must emphasize the PROBABILITIES that Y2K presents, and the fact that there are NO GUARANTEES that we can be sure of most of these possibilities won't be come a reality.

Finally, government officials from ALL LEVELS must stress the need for citizens to rally together in their communities to prepare for Y2K as a potential disaster. In addition, government must fully support the formation of these community groups, both financially and logistically.

 

Michele Robbins
Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz Y2K Community Task Force

Community organizer.

eMail: camps@yesworld.org
Website: Santa Cruz Y2K Community Task Force, YesWorld
Phone: (831) 465-1081
Fax: (831) 462-6970

Mailing Address:
420 Bronco Rd. Soquel, CA 95073

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

c) worse: Through about March was great, since then has been a lot.

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased (since March)

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

a) moved ahead well: They just donated the use of the largest venue in town (a savings to us of $6,000) and gave us $2,500 to organize it.

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

We're doing our best, but we're all so tired of dealing with the denial. I'm guessing that our group is not going to do much over the summer, but will kick back in gear in the fall when public concern swings this way again. But will it be too late?

 

David Goldberg
San Francisco Bay Area, California
Y2K Kit for Individuals & Communities

Public speaker, Y2K consultant.

eMail: dhgold@pacbell.net
Website: Y2K Kit for Individuals & Communities

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

c) worse

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

b) not changed much since January

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

I believe that the widespread effort to forestall public panic has greatly lessened the sense of concern and, therefore, decreased preparedness efforts. I gave a Y2K preparedness workshop for a local adult education program last January and it drew approximately 30 people. I repeated the workshop this week and it drew 8 people. I've heard of low attendance at many other Y2K events.

While I think that the outlook for Y2K-related disruptions has possibly improved in recent months, I don't think it has improved to the point where people should not be prepared. I'm very concerned that the impact of Y2K will be much larger than it need be because people will not be adequately prepared. The government should be doing far more to support community preparedness efforts and should be far more active in promoting the concept of family preparedness.

 

 

 

Colorado

 

Gerry Kolisch
Golden, Colorado
Front Range Preparedness

Business person, public speaker, informal advisor to state and local governments.

eMail: gerry@qadas.com

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

a) better

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

a) increased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

c) slacked off or gotten worse

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

Nobody, whatever their opinions about the magnitude of Y2K, believes the federal government.

 

John N. Miller
Roxborough Park (in SW Denver Metro area), Colorado
Roxborough Communities 2000

Computer systems engineer, manager, community organizer, and maintainer of a website.

eMail: jnmiller@uswest.net
Website: Roxborough Communities 2000
Phone: (303) 592-6406 (Work), (303) 933-4761
Fax: (303) 595-5055

Mailing Address:
10816 Snow Cloud Trail, Littleton, CO 80125

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

b) about the same

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

b) stayed about the same

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

b) not changed much since January

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

One of the most critical items in a scenario that brings the grid down is the need to preserve potable (treated) water that is usually contained in community water tanks. Almost no one is mentioning the need for homeowners to drain ("blow out") their home plumbing systems prior to year end 1999, in areas of the country where power failures could leave homes freezing cold. With pipes frozen/broken and little chance to have them repaired quickly (due to the massive loss of plumbing components in cold temperature zones) some home owners will be unable to have treated water delivered to their homes. This condition will persist until the supply of pipes and plumbers is able to reach every home with the problem -- potentially a very long time. Homeowners should be counseled by their local governments or water departments, to practice draining pipes this summer/fall. They should also be told to find their "curb side" water shut-off valve, OBTAIN THE PROPER TOOL TO SHUT OFF the flow of water into the home, and to practice shutting it off well before December 1999. They should then, make certain all the neighbors have a similar plan and capability.

 

 

 

Florida

 

Joose Hadley
Clearwater and Pinellas County (Tampa Bay Area), Florida

Citizens for a Stable Community

Community organizer, maintainer of a website, public speaker.

eMail: citstacom@earthlink.net
Website: Citizens for a Stable Community
Phone: (727) 447-2147
Fax: (727) 447-7781

Mailing Address:
411 Cleveland St. #210, Clearwater, FL 33755

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

a) better

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

a) increased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

a) moved ahead well

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

The lack of community coordinators for Y2K led us to our own solution: we are bringing neighborhoods together under their local religious leaders using the neighborhood watch programs to help the county emergency management teams get them prepared

 

 

 

Hawaii

 

Karlos deTreaux
Island of Kauai, Hawaii
Community Self Reliance Co-operative and The Mayor's Y2K Task Force of Kauai

Community organizer, government official (volunteer coordinator of Task Force for mayor of Kauai), ordinary citizen, business person, journalist, publisher, maintainer of a website (though I have been too busy in "real space" to update cyber space), public speaker.

eMail: y2k@aloha.net
Website: Hawaii Y2K - Year 2000 Issues & Resources for the Hawaiian Islands
Phone: (808) 826-4211
Fax: (808) 826-7537

Mailing Address:
CSRC, Box 33, Hanalei, HI 96714

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

b) about the same

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

a) increased (in the business and political sector)
b) stayed about the same (in the community sector)

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

a) moved ahead well (yes very much so)

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

We are using more and more of the community members on The Mayor's Task Force. This is cost effective and inspiring for the citizens to be involved. We are focusing on groups within the county that already have an infrastructure. We are openly discussing Y2K at length in private. In public, our focus is on basic disaster preparation in general, and hurricane preparation in specific. We always include Y2K as a definite possibility, but do not over emphasize it. We readily admit problems that the county is having, and invite the public's input. We just finished a series of "Town Hall Meetings" with the Mayor and a panel of stakeholders from telecom, banking, medical, solid waste, Red Cross, etc., around the island at every major city. It went very well.

Banks and hotels are now asking for private presentations, and are interested in participating. We do not allow any whackos or overly emotional people to "freak out." We honor their emotions as valid, but do not let them take over when they show up, and there is usually always one or two.

We do not deny the potential problems, but focus on our solutions at the forefront. Because there is no denial, Kauai is responding well. I speak three to four nights a week to different public groups. I am addressing the Kekaha Federal Credit Union tomorrow night. It is almost amusing that the Credit Union asked me to speak. It says a lot for the credible reputation the Task Force and the CSRC has attained. I also do a weekly spot on the local radio station (www.kkcr.org on the web, Wednesdays at 1 PM Hawaii time if you have real audio).

Things are going well: We have community garden projects going in, we have water contingency plans being evaluated, we have created a tone of moderation with the citizens. Because WE are not overly excited, or in denial, they are free to relax into our mode. Public participation has dropped off sharply, but I think it is just a pause in the notes. I think in September things will pick up.

Food co-ops are going in all over the island. We are working with island distributors and supermarkets in the creation of special Y2K/hurricane food purchasing days across the island at low cost prices so everyone who wants to will have the opportunity to stock up. Word on the island is to have at least a month and up to three months food stored by the end of the year. NOTHING FANCY, just beans and rice, etc. We are working with the Kauai Amateur Radio Association in the creation of a CB-to-Ham radio network and are resource mapping the island neighborhood by neighborhood. There is so much more to be done than we will ever be able to do, but we are looking at all these projects to continue far beyond Y2K as part of our island's basic contingency planning. We as a Task Force have really pinned our weaknesses and have identified our strengths. We are moving slowly but steadily forward.

There is much that won't be finished, but one of the most important things about this whole project is that one must not look at it to be finished by Y2K. Much is happening from the top down. That in itself is strange. But we have some real visionaries in the county working with the CSRC on this project. I wish everyone the best.

 

 

 

Maryland

 

Joseph R. Whaley
Montgomery County, Maryland

Y2K Awareness

Community organizer, ordinary citizen, maintainer of a website.

eMail: whaley@attorney-us.com
Website: Y2K Awareness
Phone: (301) 279 5553
Fax: (301) 762 6468

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1894, Rockville, MD 20849-1894

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

b) about the same: "lame"

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

b) stayed about the same: "lame"

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

b) not changed much since January: "still nonexistent"

Montgomery County is not completely AWOL. I am aware of one meeting held in Silver Spring, and one this week in Germantown. They seem to have town meetings to present what a good job our local bureaucrats have done on the 911 system, etc. Unfortunately, if that is what they are presenting, then these meetings should all be cancelled, as counterproductive and misleading public relations spin-fests.

Montgomery County's government may be the best local government in the human race regarding Y2K (I am not joking about this!) but there has been no outreach to neighborhoods so far as I am aware. This is what I mean by AWOL. Basically, as families, neighborhoods, and individuals, we are on our own.

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

If you don't want to help with rational contingency planning and sensible personal / family / neighborhood preparedness, that is fine, we know that the problems with the United States Government and other levels of government are huge, but please stop throwing up roadblocks to local people who are trying to be constructive while there is still time. In other words, please lead or follow, but if you won't be a leader or a follower at least GET OUT OF THE WAY.

In particular:

1. No more advice to the press to print only good news.

2. Start firing agency heads who perpetrate hoaxes.

3. Tell the bankers that if a panic happens it will be the fault of the bankers, not the customers. Honesty buttresses credibility. We are all Americans in this together, and if you level with us we will rise to the occasion. Keep us collectively in the dark and when a problem develops you will be ignored even if by then you have decided to actually try telling the truth. (We teach this to our children, remember? It also holds true for national policy makers!)

4. Emphasize community and caring for each other, not the present lawyer-driven "every company for itself" mentality.

5. Admit it: the time for contingency planning and infrastructure recovery planning is now. Not July or November. Get ready to rebuild quickly after whatever may happen.

 

 

 

Massachusetts

 

Sandy Vorce
Arlington, Massachusetts

Arlington Y2K Committee

Community organizer.

eMail: svorce2000@aol.com
Phone: (781) 466-1029

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

b) about the same

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

b) not changed much since January

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

The Arlington Y2K Committee, formed in late 1998, has focused most of its attention on monthly public meetings which have ranged in attendence from 40 - 80 people. The initial meetings were focused on raising public awareness and generating volunteers for task groups such as Public Education and Media, Utilities and Services, Health and Safety and Neighborhood Preparedness. These task groups met outside of the public meeting and reported their efforts back at the monthly gatherings. Starting with the April meeting we've selected a focus topic for each meeting (e.g., Electricity, Water, Food, Finances, Health, etc.). We've invited speakers to correspond to the topic, e.g., for April's meeting on Electricity and Heat we had a speaker from Boston Edison. Our meeting agenda's usually include: A Y2K overview, news updates, expert speakers, tips in personal preparedness, and ways to support neighborhood and town-wide efforts. One of the highlights of these public meetings has been community building which includes Y2K songs and interactive exercises which are enjoyed by all.

As a result of many people from other towns coming to the Arlington meetings and asking for help in organizing in their own communities, the committee created and distributed a booklet called How to Organize your Community for Y2K Preparedness. We are currently working on informational brochures for Y2K preparedness topics, the first one on water preparations due for distribution at the upcoming May 24th meeting.

The current goals of the Arlington Y2K Committee are: 1. To help us educate ourselves about Y2K and to prepare personally for possible Y2K related disruptions; and 2. To collaborate with officials in towns and cities in which we live to encourage constructive, larger-scale contingency planning.

We use the local media, email and phone lists, and leafletting to generate awareness and volunteers for our efforts. We are encouraging town officials to attend public meetings and to respond to requests for adequate contingency planning. Cooperative planning is encouraged for all members of the community. While it feels like we never accomplish enough, there continues to be interest and enthusiam for preparedness efforts, and we are hopeful that people will continue to come together in the spirit of community opportunity.

 

Pamela Frederick
Harvard, Massachusetts
Harvard Community Preparedness

Community organizer leading meetings to inform local people on preparations, resources, support, etc.

eMail: PFreder559@aol.com
Phone: (978) 456-3312
Fax: (978) 4569713

Mailing Address:
144 Littleton Rd, Harvard, MA. 01451

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

c) worse

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

b) not changed much since January

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

Yes, how to get people to pay attention without fear and lists of scenerios. How to make them feel they are important and can help.

 

Carl Silver
Shelburne, Massachusetts
Buckland-Shelburne Emergency Resource Group

Community organizer, ordinary citizen, journalist, a lot of my role has been that of educating our core group so as to get things rolling. This includes some local non-mainstream clergy plus one Catholic priest who's kind of on the fringe of our group. This part of the Connecticut River valley is a hotbed of non-traditional approaches to everything, and a place that has launched many successful socially effective initiatives.

eMail: ourdrum@javanet.com
Phone: (413) 625-9228

Mailing Address:
336 Patten Road, Shelburne, MA 01370

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

a) better

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

Too early to tell. It has taken about a month to get to the point of having our first Shelburne meeting on May 17th with town officials and service providers. New England mainliners (the majority population) are slow to respond to change, if at all. Our core group is mostly community-minded folks who came to this valley/hill wonderland from elsewhere. We are coordinated with similar initiatives cranking up in neighboring towns.

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

Selectmen are coming but are uninformed and pretty blah. We expect EMT, police, fire, local emergency management to say they can't do much if there's widespread stuff at the same time. We expect that and are prepared to educate and inspire insofar as people are ready to grok this stuff.

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

I'd like him to know that most people are totally in the dark and unprepared for anything unfamiliar no matter what we try to tell them, whether about personal preparedness or the precious gift of community cooperation, and that the failure of the federal government to lead the way in getting the people and government on the same side is a huge mistake that's kind of inevitable, given who the government really stands up for. I'd like to know how he will square it with his conscience when he realizes that he was deluded when he agreed to represent a hypocritical government committed to keeping people in the dark because of its contempt for them. I'm afraid that unless he can hear that, he'll twist or spin whatever he hears and won't have a clue that the emperor has no clothes, certainly not until after he's no longer in a relevant role.

 

Brice Wilson
Shutesbury, Massachusetts

Valley Year 2000 Center

Community organizer, maintainer of a website, public speaker.

eMail: bricew@aux.umass.edu
Website: Valley Year 2000 Center, Sirius Community
Phone: (413) 256-1084
Fax: (413) 259-1255

Mailing List:
72 Baker Road, Shutesbury, MA 01072

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

See below.

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased (since March)

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

a) moved ahead well

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

It seems only reasonable to expect this apparent general trend of diminishing interest, if only due to:

1. Overarching concern from official sectors that raising alarm should not actually alarm anyone unduly;

2. Legitimately positive news with regard to remediation efforts in basic infrastructure;

3. Public inertia, with its tendency to limit attention to the immediate or short-term;

4. Spring, with its longer, warmer days, and manifold abundance of new emerging life.

Many of us have used Y2K as a vehicle to promote greater social awareness of long-term consequences related to short-term policy formation, or greater spiritual awareness of our inexorable interconnectedness. Some have imagined the Y2K wave of energy, to which they have adhered their surfboard agendas, to be something less evanescent, and so fuss when the wave pulls back. It will return, certainly by Fall, though I expect to see signs even before, with the shortening days of Midsummer. I do not, however, expect it to be any more solid.

How could it be? Jews in Nazi Germany, Ethnic Albanians in modern Kosovo, Memphis, TN residents in the path of Yellow Fever 1878: people collectively don't move out of disaster's path. Many, perhaps most, cannot. Many others who can, don't. If this reality is not accepted by those relative few who see disaster approaching, whatever effectiveness they may have had in helping those who can be reached is blunted or destroyed. Every case of burnout I've seen can be traced to perceptual failure: failing to read the incoming wave properly. In practical terms here, this means expecting, and being okay with expecting, catastrophic loss due to intractable shortsightedness.

Where expected Y2K disruptions continue to appear less immediate and obvious in scope, interest naturally falls away. Long-term consequences of complex system failure seem uncertain to those deluded into thinking as individuals. Those who know better are once again removed to the margins as the wave pulls back, old timers busy teaching newbies patience with paddling, while awaiting the next surge. It's coming. Ride Om.

 

Jan Nickerson
Wayland (Metrowest Boston), Massachusetts

Ordinary citizen, maintainer of a website, public speaker, developer and distributor of Y2K tools and workshops (Y Connect, Y2K Connections).

eMail: JaNickrson@aol.com
Website: Y2K Connections
Phone: (508) 358-7002
Fax: (508) 358-7247

Mailing Address:
Y Connect, 222 Old Connecticut Path, Wayland, MA 01778

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

b) about the same (ups and downs)

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

c) slacked off or gotten worse

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

First, I believe that Koskinen and FEMA's efforts to reassure the public not to panic have backfired with community and citizen complacency and reinforced denial of the situation. While a proponent of local self-organizing efforts, I now recognize more than ever the importance of credible influential national leaders stating the message loud and clear :

"Citizens, towns, organizations and businesses: this is a serious matter that requires your prompt attention. Regardless of any organization (including the federal governments) best efforts to fix Y2K glitches, the sheer number of glitches in computers AND microchips used throughout the machines we depend on in all walks of life -- NOT JUST COMPUTERS -- and their many interconnections, make it impossible to predict with any reliability how severe Y2K breakdowns could be. We recommend hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. Preparing for the worst requires every citizen, community and organization to become aware of the issue, and then to work together to prepare for possible interruptions in power, telecommunications, even food and water. How long is as unpredictable as is the size of an earthquake 10 months in advance. But the more you learn, the more you will be in the best position to take appropriate precautions. Precautions which will pay off in readiness for any disruption, regardless of how disruptive Y2K is, or isn't. To paraphrase Karlos deTreaux of Kauai, 'What we are trying to do throughout the United States is create a picture of a community that can be called upon in times of crisis.'

"It will not matter if Y2K comes to be regarded as the biggest hoax in human history.The simple act of bringing our country into a state of "Community Compliancy" will build much needed bridges that will be available to all of the nation should a crisis occur. There is no wasted effort. There is no adversary.There are only the simple actions of a country remembering what it means to have neighbors, strengths and weaknesses.When all is said and done, the United States of America will be much stronger."

Second, I also would like Koskinen and Y2K community builders to know that I think community conversations are a great idea that should take place from Clinton, from every governor, from every senator and member of congress, from every mayor. Real ripple effect, getting conversation going. I think the sequence of flow needs to go from awareness of what Y2K is, to how it impacts each one of us individually -- at home, at work, in communities. We need to realize that we can't rely on some central source to take care of us. Instead, individually and cooperatively, we should be taking care of one another. We also need to realize the consequences of not providing for those who can't provide for themselves, and prepare for others who can't, won't or don't.

I'd like Koskinen and other Y2K community builders to know the importance of awareness conversation BEFORE the preparedness conversation, or else preparation doesn't make sense, and people will reject it.

AND I'd like Koskinen to know that one of the tools available for building awareness is Y2K Connections. People using this self-facilitating scenario game consistenly report results like this: ""In just 30 minutes, Y2K Connections changed the atmosphere from 'doom and gloom' to enthusiastic proactive involvement" (Virginia Hirsch, Milwaukee Public Schools for Adult Education)

We can't afford NOT to have results like this; we can't afford not to use tools like this.

Lastly, given the interconnectedness of our systems, organizations and communities, I'd like Koskinen and other Y2K community builders to take on as large a role as imaginable. That means that Koskinen, for example, should not restrict his efforts to federal systems. He and Clinton should take on leadership for the entire nation. That means that businesses should not restrict their efforts to their own four walls and product or service; they should reach out to their employees, their suppliers, their customers, and the communities of all these, and urge and support preparation and contingency planning efforts. That means that we should not be stopped by the fear of being shot as a messenger, or losing our job. Too much is at stake for that! We must place the readiness of the nation and its citizens, and the nation's interdependent suppliers and neighbors at the forefront. And then we must be undauntable.

 

 

 

Michigan

 

Jeff Roberts
Birmingham, Michigan
The Joseph Project 2000 - Detroit

Community organizer.

eMail: jefferson.g.roberts@jci.com
Website: The Joseph Project 2000 - Detroit, Franklin Frith Reports
Phone: (734) 254-5476 (Day)
Fax: (734) 254-6574

Mailing Address:
Box 860, Birmingham, MI 48012

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

If national leaders are to be trusted, they must give us the truth about Y2K. If someone actually reads the Senate Report, they will realize that no one yet knows to what extent the Y2K problem will have on our lives. Yet many in the government want us to only prepare for a 72-hour problem? The "72-hours" is the length of time that it would take to put people into shelters. Want proof? Look at the Federal Response Plan on the Franklin Frith Reports Website.

Y2K does not have to be the disaster that the globalist have been wanting for decades now. If we can get the media to promote the truth on this issue, then we can prevent our liberties and our country from being stolen from us. Help to prevent the erosion of our rights by supporting the rejection of bad legislation like the one below that has just been proposed. Together, we can work to preserve our liberties for our children and our grandchildren! Divided, we could witness the last chapter of our freedoms.

 

 

 

Minnesota

 

Mitra Milani
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Utne Reader Y2K Project

Y2K Project Coordinator/Assistant to the Co-Chairs, Utne Reader/Lens Publishing Co., business person, publisher, maintainer of a website, public speaker.

eMail: mitra@utne.com
Website: Utne Reader Y2K Project
Phone: (612) 338-5040
Fax: (612) 337-5560

Mailing Address:
1624 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

c) worse

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

 

 

 

Mississippi

 

Sherry J. Stultz
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Director, Ocean Springs Y2K Task Force

I work as a reporter for NHNE. I have been a grassroots activist for years. When Y2K became the thrust of NHNE, I began mobilizing interesting people along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

eMail: sher@digiscape.com
Phone: (228) 818-2868

Mailing Address:
4700 Hilltop Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

b) about the same

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased: As of March, it began to slow down significantly.

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

c) slacked off or gotten worse: I sent the mayor a two page letter (FEMA and Senate documents along with evidence from the Gartner Group). That was over two months ago. NOTHING.

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

Yes, local officials along the Mississippi Gulf Coast have made no contigency plans for the communities -- at least none that have been publically annouced -- AND in my experience many people are preparing for more than disruptions. They are preparing for a complete meltdown of society as we know it. More people than I would like include weapons among their Y2K preparations.

Also, the three-day FEMA recommendation is nonsense, since most people have three days worth of food and water in their pantries anyway. A more cautious and effective amount would be 6-10 weeks, given the number of natural disasters that we can expect in this area, regardless of Y2K.

 

 

 

Missouri

 

Susan Wiseheart
The Ozarks, Missouri

We have no official name for our group. We are a group of citizen's in cooperation with the Brixey Rockbridge Volunteer Fire Department. The counties in which the district resides are both less than 15,000 people.

Community organizer, ordinary citizen.

eMail: susan@wiseheart.com
Phone: (417) 683-5499
Fax: (417) 679-2704

Mailing Address:
HC 73 Box 169 C, Drury, MO 65638-9724

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

b) about the same

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

a) moved ahead well

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

We think things are slowing down because the group who was concerned to begin with (more than fifty attended some meetings) has gotten prepared enough that we are less worried than we were. We have meetings coming up in June that will address issues we haven't addressed yet: law and order, personal gun-use rights, and to raise concerns about control of crime in a Y2K crisis situation. We also expect to watch a video prepared by GTE ("Telecommunications: The Most Critical Link") and possibly listen to a representative from GTE (our local telephone company) .

The rest of our meetings have been more special-interest in the last month or so. We have meetings coming up on Herbs: Medicinals and Edibles and on Low Tech Living: Solar Cookers and Sanitation Solutions. We have covered many other topics since last November.

Message to all, including Koskinen: We LIVE in the hills. Many of us have for a very long time. We are still concerned and think Y2k will have an impact on our lives.

 

 

 

Montana

 

John & Diana Strausbauch
Great Falls, Montana

Ordinary citizen.

eMail: pooh@montana.com

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6474, Great Falls, MT 59406

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

c) worse

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

c) slacked off or gotten worse: I was actively involved with city efforts until I was made to feel as though I was in the way.

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

Our country is too involved with international events and natural disasters to give Y2K the proper attention that is needed. All of these issues are important, however, it is quite clear that our government can not focus on several peace keeping missions and be steadily working on Y2K. Our attention and resources are spread too thin. Our country could be in real trouble come the first of next year. If our government is concerned now about a lack of resources, man power, and international threats; what is going to take place the first of the year and how vulnerable are we going to be?

 

Cami Price
Missoula, Montana
Coordinator Community Emergency Outreach at
Christian Life Center

Community organizer, business person.

eMail: jacprice@mssl.uswest.net
Website:
Christian Life Center
Phone: (406) 543-6891
Fax: (406) 543-6891

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1831, Missoula, MT 59801

1. In general, since January, has your Y2K community organizing work been going:

c) worse: Great interest in January, Medium interest in February and then it went to almost no interest in April

2. Has public interest in Y2K preparedness:

c) decreased

3. Have relationships with your local government about Y2K:

Local government is only interested in testing, analyzing and reporting to each other about compliance.When we asked them to work with us on preparedness, they were really NOT interested at all. Period.

4. Is there anything else about your Y2K community work that you would like Y2K Czar John Koskinen, national Y2K organizers and/or other local Y2K groups to know?

It seems that within our city limits there is almost no interest in Y2K. We at Christian Life Center are the only local church to do anything publicly. The rural surrounding communities seem to have more interested individuals. For our size community, 70,000. RURAL: We have around 35 neighborhood groups with around 1000 people meeting monthly. CITY LIMITS: We have a few neighborhood groups with around 50 people meeting monthly.

Despite lack of interest our core group (15) is moving ahead with preparations. We have created a food pantry, community garden (serving 14 families plus the food pantry) and are preparing for an emergency shelter. We also hold regular how to workshops.

Whatever media blitz it was that calmed the so-called public panic, it worked marvels. It has been somewhat discouraging to have to do so much work and have no help.