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Y2K: The Fear of The Year 2000

Updated on April 11, 2017

The Year 2000 Bug

The Year 2000 was a scary moment for any who thought the world was coming to an end. Some thought it was a joke while others truly were in fear.
The Year 2000 was a scary moment for any who thought the world was coming to an end. Some thought it was a joke while others truly were in fear.
Y2K had many survival kits for sale all over America. Kits included batteries, flashlights and medical supplies.
Y2K had many survival kits for sale all over America. Kits included batteries, flashlights and medical supplies. | Source
Some people, even religious leaders, truly believed when the year 2000 rolled around that life on earth would be over.
Some people, even religious leaders, truly believed when the year 2000 rolled around that life on earth would be over. | Source

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Reactions to the threat of the Y2K bug: There were some very worried people and some of these people were in my family and they were so sure that this was the end of the world. It was not that I was trying to make fun of them, I just felt like this wouldn't be the true end. Things have to get much worse, I am afraid, before we reach the end. I tried to reassure them and let them know that there were many engineers and math geniuses working on this upcoming time. It is not like this a time has come upon them unexpected. Some people could not be convinced.

I know some people that they went to very great lengths to prepare for the predicted computer crash. If this crash had happened, as predicted, it would have had a trickle down effect, and would disrupt our daily flow in everything that we did. When you think about this age of technology that we have all around us today then, we wonder how it is possible that everything could just crash all around us. We certainly wouldn't be able to function as efficiently as we do by everything being electronic.

There's a movie called "It Could Happen". While this movie dealt with weather, it makes you think that something like this could really happen........Everything and I do mean everything, from the malls, restaurants, hospitals, purchasing gas and trying to arranging for healthcare, and hospitals worried about getting medications that are needed. Medications will be getting scarce among patients who need pain or diabetes medications. A couple of days with the chaos that was being predicted would have been disastrous. I know a couple of people who went out and actually purchased a bicycle thinking that there was going to be a shortage on gasoline. I guess they would have looked smart though, if something did happen.

If something did happen at midnight at December 31, 1999, I could only imagine the chaos at grocery and retail stores made tons of cash off of sales of food, lighters, charcoal, flash lights, candles, rope, firearms and more. People were letting themselves get very frantic and they were just buying anything and everything.

One time, in November of 1999 I went to purchase a car and the salesman even was acting all wild about the upcoming year 2000 bug. He said he had three major holes dug where he has buried his main valuables. I hope for his sake he remembers where he buries his things. He was not the only one even though most folks mainly stocked up on water and canned goods. Everyone had a different reason why they felt that something would happen on that date and what it would be.

Many people stocked their storm cellars and basements with goods related Y2K complications. The market took advantage of the situation through commercials and retail sales of so-called Y2K products. Below is a short list of some of the most common items that people stock piled in their storage areas. They were the most sought after items.

On the flip side to this, if you were really thinking about Y2K, and the possibility of how bad things could have gotten then that you will get to a point where you don't care how silly you look stock piling your basement or storage area. If there's a disaster, you will be ready. You will then you will look very smart.

1. Bottled water-Bottled water is a great item to put up. Whether for Y2K or a disaster due to bad weather. You may lose power at times and this is the first thing that people like to stock pile in case the water is ruined or contaminated at the time. Cases and cases of water were purchased for the Y2K scare. This in particular is one of the items my mom put up in storage.

2. Flashlights/Batteries/Candles/Matches-A definite necessity if facing a power outage or if something needs to be lit up. Make sure that you know where your batteries, candles, matches, lighters and an other related type things. We had ours in a plastic container, just for batteries. Batteries of all different sizes, candles, lighter and matches.

3. First Aid Kits-These kits contain several items such as band-aids, gauze, tape, safety pins.

4. Food (Canned goods such as vegetables, fruits and canned meats)-A good variety of fruits, vegetables and meats. If these are stock piled and you can't buy groceries for some reason, then you will have food for a few days. Paper plates, napkins and plastic utensils are good to have on hand as well.

5. Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine products, toilet paper, soap, deodorant)-If there's one thing that I don't like are teeth that feel dirty. I feel the same way about deodorant. If there was ample time to stock pile items the above listed are a must have.

6. Clothing-Extra clothing can be put in a location where you would remember to find them.

7. Weapons (Guns, stockpiles of ammunition, knives)-Guns, knives and ammo for the guns may be kept were the supplies are kept or the place of your choosing.

8. Gasoline-If all the computers crashed then I would imagine that there would be trouble at the gas pumps.

9. Bicycle-Staying on that same note of not being able to get gas, I knew of a couple of people who purchased a bicycle because of the Y2K scare.

10. Generator-A handy gadget to have and there are several all in one models now, that will aid in helping with different things such as power, jumping off a car or tuck and a USB cord.


Memories of Y2K Eve: My fiance' and I were eating at Chili's that night when they announced at five minutes til then the countdown to January 1, 2000. All of the televisions were turned to watch the countdown and everyone in the restaurant watched, while we rang in the new year. When the power didn't go off we all went about our night like it didn't happen.

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