Date: Tue, 27 Oct 98 20:22:06 CST
From: Ian Goddard <Ian@goddard.net >
Subject: Y2K: "National Guard Ready"
National Guard Ready to Act on Eve of 2000
By Amy Rinard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
7 October 1998
The following Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article
cites a major utility company recommending citizens
look into "alternative energy sources" in preparation
for "likely" power failures due to the Y2k computer bug
National Guard ready to act on eve of 2000
Madison -- The Wisconsin National Guard is prepared
to be mobilized on Dec. 31, 1999, to deal with potential
power failures, water system shutdowns and other problems
that could occur as computers click over to the year 2000.
And an attorney for a major electric utility said the company
is encouraging its customers to look into alternative energy
sources, including home generators, in anticipation of power
failures as a result of the problem.
Mari Nahn, an attorney with Madison-based Alliant Corp.
-Wisconsin Power & Light Co., said power failures are
likely, as are failures of municipal water systems.
Computer chips embedded in everything from pacemakers
to coffee-makers have the potential to fail, and in
many cases people don't even know they're there, Nahn
said. In the utility industry, embedded chips are
used everywhere, she added.
Leonard P. Levine, professor of computer science and
electrical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-
Milwaukee, said having troops on standby is "not
"Somewhere -- no one knows where -- something will
fall apart. I truly believe that someone is going to
die because of this problem. . . . I'm sure that one
of these utilities is going to fail."
Full article: http://www.onwis.com/archive/oct98/news/1007y2k.asp
Dr. Gary North's Y2k page: http://www.garynorth.com