Posted By: Sheri (NewHolidayNews@EnglishBd.) on 'English'
Title:     American Red Cross Y2K Checklist
Date:      Sat Apr 17 19:59:21 1999

Taken from the PC Magazine Volume 18 No. 7 April 6, 1999 issue (

 1.  Check with manufacturers of your home electronics to determine what may 
be affected.  Include any device with an embedded chip such as fire and 
security alarm systems, programmable thermostats, appliances,consumer 
electronics, garage door openers, electronic locks, and any other electronic 

 2.  Stock up on disaster supplies lasting for several days to a week.  Items 
to have on hand include nonperishable foods, stored water, and an ample 
supply of any perscription and non perscription medicines that you regularly 

 3.  Have some extra cash on hand in the event that electronic transactions 
involving ATM cards and credit cards cannot be processed.  To avoid long 
lines at the bank, withdraw cash in small amounts well in advance of December 
31 and keep it in a safe place.

 4.  Fill your vehicle's gas tank a day or so before December 31.

 5.  In case the power fails, have an alternative cooking device on hand and 
make sure you know how to use it properly.  Never use open flames or charcoal 
grills indoors.

 6.  Have extra blankets, coats, hats, and gloves to keep warm.  If you do 
purchase an alternative heating device, make sure it is approved for use 
indoors and is listed with the Underwriters Laboratories.

 7.  Have plenty of flashlights and extra batteries on hand.  Don't use 
candles for emergency lighting.

 8.  Examine your smoke alarms now.  If you have smoke alarms that are 
hard-wired into your home's electrical system (most newer ones are), check to 
ee if they have battery backups. 

 9.  Be prepared to relocate to a shelter for warmth and protection during a 
prolonged power outage.  Have a a battery-operated radio or television on 
hand so you can get information on local emergency shelters.

10.  If you plan to use a portable generator, connect what you want to power 
directly to the generator; do not connect the generator to your home's 
electrical system.  Also, be sure to keep a generator in a well-ventilated 
area either outside or in a garage with the door open.

11.  Check with local emergency services providers for additional information.

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