Northwest NEWS

December 27, 1999

Local News

Local authorities participate in worldwide Y2K alert

   Staff from the City of Woodinville, Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District, Northshore School District, and the Woodinville Water District will be on hand to monitor worldwide events as they unfold on December 31, 1999.

   "We'll have staff at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) beginning Friday morning through Saturday evening, and beyond, if necessary," advises Ray Sturtz, the City's Director of Emergency Management. "We have the advantage of being in the part of the world that will 'rollover' to the new millennium relatively late," adds Sturtz. Close attention will be given to the 9:00 p.m. hour which is midnight on the East Coast.

   The City's EOC will establish communications with the King County Office of Emergency Management. Status reports from Woodinville will be directly provided to the State's EOC, which in turn will forward the information to the President's Information Coordination Center for which the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the lead agency.

   Citizens can learn Y2K status information by listening to KIRO 710 radio, watching CNN News, tuning to 1610 AM, the City's Traveler's Information Radio Station, or by calling the Y2K After Hours Information Line at 425-489-2700 (press 6, then 4).