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The complete Y2K home preparation guide
Yourdon, Edward.
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Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall PTR, [1999]

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xxxv, 389 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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Includes index.
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Y2K is coming, and you're worried. What if the worst happens? How will you make sure you don't go hungry? How will you stay warm? How will you make sure you have clean water? Straight from the author of the New York Times best-seller Time Bomb 2000, here are specific, real-world, step-by-step solutions for survival! Plan to make sure your family has sufficient food -- and ways to preserve, access, and prepare it. Discover how to make sure you have enough clean water -- and reliable solutions for purifying potentially contaminated water. Review all your alternatives for heat, cooking, lighting, and electricity, including generators, wood heat, propane, kerosene, solar, batteries, fireplaces, and more -- including safety issues and precautions you can't afford not to know about. Get this book now, while there's still time!

Author Notes

Edward Yourdon is the Chairman of the Cutter Consortium research organization, and developer of software engineering methodologies used by thousands of companies worldwide. He is author of over 25 books including the New York Times Bestseller Time Bomb 2000.
Robert A. Roskind is president and founder of Y2K Solutions Group, Inc., the world largest Y2K educator. He has produced a record breaking PBS series and is a six-time author, including 4 technical books written for the general public.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Do I really need to prepare for Y2K?p. xvii
If Y2K is Potentially so Serious, Why Do Most of the World and Its Leaders Seem so Unconcerned?p. xix
The Five Stages of Y2Kp. xxi
How Long Should I Prepare for Y2K?p. xxiv
How Long to Preparep. xxiv
Whom Should I Include in My Preparations?p. xxiv
Where Do I Spend the Weekend of January 1, 2000?p. xxv
Can I Believe the News About Y2K?p. xxviii
How Do I Convince Others to Prepare?p. xxx
What Can Individuals Do to Help?p. xxxi
What to Do Months Before Y2Kp. xxxiii
What to Do New Year's Eve Day (or Before)p. xxxiii
What to Do New Year's Dayp. xxxiv
Chapter 1 An Introduction to the Problemp. 1
Saturday Morning, 11:00 AMp. 1
Chapter 2 Food and How to Store itp. 13
The Problemp. 14
The Solutionsp. 16
Your In-Home Grocery Storep. 16
Storing Nonperishable Foods That You Normally Eatp. 16
Building Your In-Home Grocery Storep. 20
Freeze-Dried or Dehydrated Foodsp. 24
Selecting a Food Reserve Systemp. 27
Considerationsp. 28
Packagingp. 28
Freeze-Dried Foodsp. 29
Dehydrated Foodsp. 30
Proper Food Storagep. 34
Storage Tipsp. 38
Household Sundriesp. 41
Recommended Freeze-Dried Food Companiesp. 42
Recommended Dehydrated Food Companiesp. 43
Kitchen Checklistp. 43
(Courtesy of Y2K Women, 43
Chapter 3 Storing and Treating Waterp. 55
The Problemp. 56
The Solutionp. 57
Locating and Treating Waterp. 66
Water Purifiers and Filtersp. 69
Boilingp. 71
Chemical Treatmentsp. 72
Wellsp. 75
Where to Find Products Listed in Chapterp. 76
Checklist for Waterp. 76
Chapter 4 Heatingp. 77
The Problemp. 78
The Solutionsp. 80
The Optionsp. 81
Propanep. 82
Wood Heatp. 85
Kerosenep. 91
Oil Heatp. 95
Coal Stovesp. 97
Solarp. 98
Where to Find Products Listed in Chapterp. 101
Checklist for Heatingp. 102
Chapter 5 Lighting Without Electricityp. 105
The Problemp. 106
Generatorsp. 107
Solar Lanterns and Flashlightsp. 111
Gas Lanternsp. 115
Kerosene Lanternsp. 117
Candlesp. 122
Battery-Operated Flashlights and Lanterns and Morep. 125
Where to Find Products Listed in Chapterp. 129
Checklist for Lightingp. 129
Chapter 6 Nonelectric Cooking Appliancesp. 131
The Problemp. 132
The Solutionsp. 133
Dual Fuel Stovesp. 134
Kerosene Cook Stovesp. 137
Wood Stoves and Fireplacesp. 139
Gelled Ethanol Productsp. 139
Propane and Butane Camp Stoves and Barbecuesp. 140
Standard Propane Rangesp. 142
Solar Ovensp. 143
Where to Find Products Listed in Chapterp. 145
Checklist for Cooking Appliancesp. 145
Chapter 7 Staying Clean, Healthy, and Safep. 147
The Problemp. 148
Staying Cleanp. 149
Staying Healthyp. 161
Paper Productsp. 165
Staying Safep. 167
Where to Find Products Listed in Chapterp. 171
Checklist for Health, Safety, and Cleanlinessp. 171
Create a Family Disaster Planp. 183
Chapter 8 Communications and Transportationp. 185
The Problemp. 186
The Solutionp. 187
Transportationp. 192
The Problemp. 192
The Solutionsp. 195
Preparing Other Equipmentp. 197
Chapter 9 Money, Finances, and Important Papersp. 201
The Problemp. 201
The Solutionp. 202
Important Papers to Have Availablep. 203
Money and Financesp. 205
Chapter 10 Getting Your PC Ready for Y2Kp. 209
Does Your PC Need to be Fixed?p. 210
A Brief History of the Y2K/PC Problemp. 213
Fixing Your PCp. 214
The Five Levels of Your PCp. 215
Level 1 Hardwarep. 216
Level 2 Operating Systemp. 219
Level 3 Software and Applicationsp. 221
Level 4 Stored Datap. 225
Level 5 Transfer or Sharing of Datap. 227
And Then There's the Leap Year Y2K Problemp. 229
In Conclusionp. 229
And Now for Some Good Newsp. 231
Y2K as a Giftp. 231
The Hidden Code of Y2Kp. 233
References and Resourcesp. 237
General Y2K Informationp. 237
Reference #1 Y2K Booksp. 240
Reference #2 Y2K Videosp. 248
Reference #3 Y2K Internet Linksp. 255
Reference #4 Sample Lettersp. 264
Reference #5 Computer Hardware and Softwarep. 275
Reference #6 Y2K Community Groupsp. 282
Reference #7 Y2K Community Resource Groupsp. 309
Reference #8 Organizing Techniques and Toolsp. 313
State Resourcesp. 315
Reference #9 State Y2K Officesp. 315
U.S. Government Y2K Supportp. 325
Reference #10 U.S. Senators and Representativesp. 325
Reference #11 U.S. Government Y2K Hotlinep. 326
U.S. Government's Y2K Free Hotlinep. 326
Reference #12 Y2K for Kidsp. 329
Reference #13 Consumer Alertsp. 331
Reference #14 Red Cross on Y2Kp. 351
Reference #15 Fema and Y2Kp. 362
Reference #16 Disaster Preparednessp. 365
Reference #17 Principles and Objectivesp. 369