Northwest NEWS

December 6, 1999

Editorial

Council will attend to problems of Y2K immediately

   It's December and it's time to start thinking about Christmas, New Year's, and ... Y2K.

   The City [of Woodinville] has been getting ready for Y2K for over a year, and now it's time for each of us to individually prepare, as well. It is unlikely that Y2K will create a catastrophe. However, if we prepare accordingly, we will be prepared for those winter events that we know are likely to happen.

   Personal preparedness for transition into the Year 2000 is no different from the way you prepare for a weather event, such as a winter storm or flood. The two things you should definitely do are put together an emergency kit and prepare a family emergency plan. Emergency kit supplies should include three days' worth of clothes, food, water, flashlights, batteries, and an AM radio.

   A family emergency plan should include pre-determined locations for family members to meet--one right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency such as a fire. The other location should be outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home.

   It's important to ask an out-of-state relative or friend to be your "family contact." After a disaster, it is easier to call long distance. Other family members should call this person and tell them where they are. Emergency contact cards are available from the American Red Cross (206-323-2345). Ask for the "Your Family Disaster Plan" pamphlet.

   To plan for Y2K specifically, the best approach is to make a list of all the ways you depend on technology in your home. Please use common sense to create and implement your personal Y2K plan. There are a great many resources available for individual, family, and business Y2K preparedness to help you create your plan. The City has links on our website (www.woodinville-city.com) and we have a Y2K Practical Preparedness brochure that is available at City Hall or upon request by calling Marie Stake, Y2K Coordinator, at 425-489-2700, ext. 245.

   The City's preparation and planning has included conducting an inventory and upgrading and replacing critical systems; for example, our voice mail. We have created a Contingency Plan that will assist with maintaining service during the transition period. Finally, City staff will be monitoring events beginning Friday, Dec. 31, and over the holiday weekend. If something needs our attention, it will be attended to immediately.

   On behalf of the Woodinville City Council, I want to wish you all Happy Holidays and a smooth transition into the new century.

Mayor Donald Brocha, City of Woodinville