City encourages individual preparedness for Y2K
Predictions may have squashed the Y2K bug but that’s not stopping local agencies from gearing up for the worst.
Just in case things don’t go as planned, the city of South Lake Tahoe has added two emergency phone lines for New Year’s Eve, according to Interim City Manager Sue Schlerf.
“We are Y2K compliant, we made the switchover in October, so our systems are fully compliant,” she said. “But on the weird, off chance that something goes wrong, we’ve got staff on hand here between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. to talk to people if they have concerns.”
And the city isn’t alone in its Y2K precautions.
“We’re preparing for the worst and hoping for the best,” said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Marty Hackett, of the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services.
Emergency Services, the county’s coordinating agency for disaster preparedness and emergency response, is also ready for action.
Hackett said Emergency Services has communicated with area emergency medical providers, local law enforcement agencies and the South Lake Tahoe branch of the American Red Cross.
He said the South Shore community has been especially responsive on both sides of the state line.
“We’ve identified local school facilities and the Rec Center as possible shelter sites,” Hackett said. “Ski areas also have large buildings that can be used for shelter and the casinos can be a tremendous resource for us – they’re good community partners.”
Hackett said residents should also be ready for emergencies.
“People should be self-sustaining for five days – that’s really important,” he said. “They should have extra food, water, batteries, blankets, medications if they need them and an alternative source of fuel for heat.”
Still, it’s just a what-if scenario, Hackett said.
“We want people to be informed and to take their own steps,” he said. “But we also want them to be confident that we’ve all been working on this for years and to know that, come New Year’s, we’ll all be out there.”
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