FEMA Issues Consumers Guide on Preparing for Y2K

Main Content
Release date: 
February 23, 1999
Release Number: 
HQ-99-043

» For complete FEMA coverage of Year 2000 Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a consumer's guide to preparing for the Year 2000, the Y2K Bulletin. It is part of FEMA's effort to provide timely, accurate information on preparedness for Y2K.

"Being prepared is key to dealing with any potential emergency, whether natural or man made," said FEMA Director James Lee Witt. "We need to take the same approach we use with hurricanes, tornadoes or floods - prepare for the worst and hope for the best."

When the calendar turns to 2000 (Y2K), problems may occur because many computer-driven systems were designed to recognize the last two digits as designations for a year.

The Y2K Bulletin contains answers to questions most commonly asked about Y2K, what to do about consumer electronic products, including your personal computer, and steps for small-business owners to take, among other topics.

"It is important that we tell the American people everything we know, for an educated public will always make the right decisions," FEMA Deputy Director Mike Walker said.

Single and multiple copies of the four-page newsletter are available at no cost from FEMA. To place an order, call 1-888-261-6214.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46