County officials looking for cooperation

Officials across the state, and across the nation, are asking for cooperation on New Year's Eve. This millennium celebration, people will have more to be concerned about than designating a driver.

Problems associated with computers could possibly lead to power or utility outages impacting all areas of the world. Some computers will not recognize the date change from 1999 to 2000 and may crash or spew false data as a result. But residents may face another problem that is indirectly the result of the Y2K computer bug.

Telephone company officials think that as the clock strikes midnight, people across the nation will pick up their phones either to place a well-wishing call or to test the system response to possible Y2K glitches. Because there are only so many phone circuits, a surplus of calls could jam the system.

"We ask the public to not 'test' their phones by picking them up and checking for a dial tone or make unnecessary 'test' phone calls," Moffat County Emergency Manager Clyde Anderson said. "Do not call 911 unless it's an emergency."

As part of the county Y2K plan, two central locations will be open New Year's Eve to serve the public and people who cannot call are urged to go to one of those locations. Requests for general, non-emergency assistance will be handled by the Moffat County Sheriff's Office Victim's Advocates at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. Emergency requests will be coordinated at Craig City Hall, 300 W. 4th St.

"As always, we suggest that everyone be prepared for a 72-hour emergency by having an emergency supply kit on hand," Anderson said.

Information and checklists for 72-hour family emergency kits are available at the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

President Clinton's Council on Year 2000 Conversion has distributed a Y2K checklist and is the most recent information available from the federal government.

The list includes:

Local information Read Y2K notices provided by all local entities.

Food, water and other supplies Have at least a three-day supply of food and water. Make purchases early. Make a personal assessment of items and services critical to your family including items for those with special needs. Make sure an adequate supply of clothing, tools and supplies are on hand.

Important records Keep copies of important records, particularly bank and financial statements, medical records and prescription drug information.

Cash Anyone who decides to withdraw cash should hold on as much as they would for any holiday weekend. Withdrawing large amounts of cash is unnecessary and invites theft.

Medicine Refill prescription medications when there is a five- to seven-day supply remaining.

Gasoline Prepare as if for a winter storm. Keep automobile tanks above half full.

Consumer electronics Check with manufacturers to see if essential electronic equipment is Y2K ready.

Scams Beware Y2K scams. Never give out a bank account, credit card or Social Security number unless you initiated the call or contact.

For more information from the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion, log on to the Internet at www.y2k.gov or call 1-888-USA-4-Y2K.

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