Sunset Meadows ready for next year

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Contrary to rumor, residents at Sunset Meadows senior citizen living complex in Craig are not being forced to leave their apartments on New Year's Eve they are being asked to consider their options.

Because of the Y2K computer bug, there is a possibility that telephones, electricity and heat may not be functional on the first day of the year 2000. Some computers will not recognize the date change and may crash or spew false data. This could cause problems at Sunset Meadows, or any residence.

Sunset Meadows Director Celine Derick said the facility has been participating in the Y2K emergency planning process for more than a year, has put aside a store of food and has a generator that will keep the heat on in the buildings.

"We've done everything in the world to get this place ready for Y2K," Derick said.

A letter was sent to the families of Sunset Meadows residents living in Craig asking them if they could take their relatives New Year's Eve.

"We just thought if something went wrong, they would be more comfortable with their families," Sunset Meadows office manager Connie Adams said.

Most residents live alone in their apartments and may have trouble if the electricity goes out and the elevators don't work.

Derick said no resident is being forced to leave, in fact, there will be a New Year's Eve party for those staying.

There are 90 residents in Sunset Meadows. Derick said it would be easier to handle about 50 in the event of an emergency.

The entire staff will be working New Year's Eve and residents will gather in the cafeteria so they are all together when the clock strikes midnight.

Feelings are mixed as to what the results will be, but Moffat County Emergency Management Coordinator Clyde Anderson urges people to expect the best, but prepare for the worst when it comes to Y2K.

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