by Joe Seay
I must have overslept. It seemed awfully cold and it was getting
daylight. I noticed that the electric bedside clock was not lit up. I headed for the
bathroom and flipped the light switch, but nothing happened.
Nothing in the kitchen worked. The phone or the television would not work.
Then I remembered. This is Saturday, January 1, 2000. Y2K is here!
All that talk about Y2K. Its a good thing we made some preparations.
We have some extra warm clothing, canned goods, stored water, dried cereal, a lantern and
a small kerosene heater.
It was cold and uncomfortable but I figured we would be OK for a few days.
On Monday, I could not get to work nor could I call in. Why didnt I
get that battery operated radio like I planed to? Then I could have found out what was
happening in the rest of the world.
Tuesday was dull with no TV to watch no phone, no mail and no newspaper.
Wednesday the neighbors had a meeting and discussed plans for working
together to get through this awkward time in our lives. We organized a plan to help, work
and share with each other. We agreed, the main thing is to not panic!
Thursday, Friday and Saturday passed slowly and on Sunday we organized a
neighborhood prayer meeting.
Early Monday a few of our neighbors and I went to town to buy some more
food, water and other necessities. We were surprised to see that almost all the stores had
signs up that said, "Cash only until further notice." The stores were crowded
and supplies were running low. All the banks were closed. ATM machines were not working.
We pooled our cash and bought what few supplies we could find.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were anxious, dull, cold, long days.
Friday dawned cold and wet. Saturday snow began to fall.
Sunday we had our neighborhood prayer meeting. More people came and our
prayers were much more intense.
Monday, the third week, visitors from another community hiked through the
snow to our neighborhood. They told of people stealing food and water from them. They were
desperate, hungry and cold. We held a neighborhood meeting and, after prayer, agreed to
share some of our supplies with them. With tears in their eyes, they thanked us. They also
reminded us that people were desperate for food and water. They cautioned us to keep our
Tuesday we got more snow. It was bitter cold. We were thankful we had some
extra warm clothing.
Wednesday, due to the snow and ice, the roads were closed.
Thursday we had to start rationing food and water.
By Friday some of our neighbors were desperate for food and water. Again a
few of us went to other communities, stores and shopping centers searching for some food
and water. All the stores were closed and we were shocked by what we saw. People were
shouting and battling for whatever food they could find. Some were carrying guns and
clubs. They were behaving like animals, fighting for food.
Saturday our food ran out and Sunday our water ran out. We were thankful
for the snow. It was our only source of water and food.
By Monday we were cold, hungry and feeling helpless. The roads were still
closed so I bundled up as well as I could and went out again, walking, in search of food
and water. Everywhere I went I saw crowds of people, fighting, robbing, killing, desperate
for something to eat or drink. Tired, exhausted, cold, and hungry I returned home empty
As I approached my home I was shocked to see that my front door had been
torn off the hinges. Splinters and glass lay everywhere. Quickly I rushed into the house
calling and searching everywhere for my wife and children, but there was no response.
Scared, shocked, cold, hungry and hurting, I fell to the floor. In
desperation I called my wifes name and shouted to her, "Where are you?" I
felt a hand on my shoulder, shaking me, "Joe, Joe, wake up, whats wrong?"
Slowly my emotions began to calm down and I realized that my wife had
awakened me from a dream. I breathed a great sigh of relief, smiled at her and said,
"Honey, weve got a lot of planning to do today and its very important
that we get started on it!"
WHAT SHOULD THE AVERAGE PERSON DO ABOUT Y2K?
Do be prepared!
Prepare a storehouse (place) in your home and set aside a two month supply
of the following; (remember to store enough for each member of your family and a friend or
stranger in need).
1. Water. 2 quarts a day for each person. Store in thoroughly washed
plastic, glass or fiberglass containers. Also fill the bathtub and sinks with water prior
to New Years eve night.
Food. Canned vegetables and fruits, (dont forget the can opener),
dried or non perishable foods, juices, powdered drinks, milk, soups, potatoes, crackers,
peanut butter, ready to eat cereals, Dont forget special food for infants and the
Have enough extra warm clothing available for two months.
Fill the gas tanks of your cars and trucks several days before New
Have lanterns, lamps (with extra fuel), flashlights (with extra batteries)
candles and matches available.
Have wood and/or propane, gas or kerosene stoves for heat, along with
insulated sleeping bags, blankets and quilts.
Keep plenty of paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, toothpaste, etc. on
Obtain and keep a recent paper copy of the following important documents
in a safe place: credit cards, bank statements, stocks, investments, tax returns,
marriages, family births, insurance policies, social security numbers, mortgage loan
statements, social security and personal earnings and benefit statements, wills and
trusts, along with a current copy of your credit report.
Obtain and keep a two month supply of all medicine you are taking or might
need including non-prescription medicine.
Keep enough books, games and toys on hand to help keep adults and children
Try to pay all your January bills early enough for your checks to clear
Since checks, smart cards, credit cards and ATM cards may not work, be
sure to have enough extra cash available to get you through January and February 2000.
Consider having a battery-powered radio to communicate with others.
Consider getting a generator with correct extension cords and plug ins.
Read the Bible and pray daily.
When to get started? Get started today. Dont put it off any longer.
Dont try to get it all done at once. Take it a step at a time.
If Y2K never happens, we can always eat the food and drink the water or
save them for future emergencies.