Y2K Preparedness

March 15, 1999

We are hearing a lot these days about Y2K. This month, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced a bill to limit lawsuits that the public could bring against companies for Y2K glitches. Congress is also considering whether to limit employers’ liability as well if, for instance, the employer is late in issuing paychecks due to computer problems caused by the change in the millennium.

A Senate report on Y2K last week cautioned against widespread panic but advised Americans to stock up on essentials such as food and water in preparation for possible distribution problems. Today we look at what communities are doing to prepare for Y2K.


  • Frances Moore Lappe, author of the book Diet for a Small Planet and founder of the American News Service, which distributes stories about how communities are finding solutions to problems.