Thursday, October 28, 1999

City steps up Y2K awareness push




BY PHILLIP PINA
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        As the New Year approaches and anxiety builds about potential “millennium bug” computer problems, the city of Cincinnati will step up an awareness campaign to prepare residents.

        Computer experts have warned that some machines may malfunction Jan. 1, 2000. A programming glitch in some older computers may incorrectly read the year as 1900, prompting fears the bug may lead to system failures.

        The city's awareness campaign is designed to relieve many fears as well as give people a way to prepare.

        “We want people to get the facts, not the hype,” said Gina Ruffin Moore, spokeswoman for Cincinnati City Manager John Shirey.

        Fliers have been distributed in city newspapers. Brochures will be handed out to residents. A speakers' bureau is making itself available to talk about year 2000, or Y2K, with civic and business groups, Ms. Moore said.

        Some of the city's suggestions include:

        • Prepare as you would for a winter storm by having flashlights, batteries, water and canned foods on hand.

        • Check whether home-security systems are compliant.

        • Talk with banks, insurance firms and other financial interests about their Y2K readiness. Keep paper copies of statements.

        • Schedule medical and dental appointments before end of year and refill prescriptions in advance.

       



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