Y2K doesn't have to be a disaster. Many people around the world are working to make it as gentle as possible. Even if some things do go wrong, we'll cope with them. Basic utilities in the U.S. should be fine, and the economy should bounce back quickly.
In a way, Y2K is more an opportunity than a danger. The world has already changed; whether Y2K existed or not, the global economy would be linked, terrorism would be dangerous, and weapons proliferation would be a serious issue. Y2K is a wake-up call, to let us know it's time to decide which way to go.
You're prepared for Y2K if you embrace change as a chance to improve. You're prepared for Y2K if instead of fearing uncertainty, you recognize that it means we can choose our future.
It's a good idea to make some simple personal preparations, but it's also a good idea to enjoy your New Year's. It's not the end of the world. It's what we make of it.
Experts recommend that you keep an emergency kit for any potential disaster, whether it's Y2K or hurricanes. It's highly unlikely that any of your basic utilities will go out, but be prepared in case one does. Experts typically recommend having 3 to 15 days' worth of basic necessities, such as:
Canned foods requiring no added water or preparation. Don't forget a manual can opener.
1 gallon of water per person per day. Filling jugs with tap water is fine, as long as you do it ahead of time. If you are unsure about the quality of your tap water, boil it for ten minutes before using it.
Personal health care items like soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, etc.
Flashlights with extra batteries.
Battery-operated radio with extra batteries.
Heavy warm blankets.
For Y2K specifically, don't be a target:
Avoid large gatherings in cities between now and January 7.
Turn off your computer during Y2K to avoid viruses.