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[FYI] (Fwd) UK: Vorbereitung Ausnahmezustand am 01.01.2000

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Date:          Sun, 08 Nov 1998 12:54:12 -0500
To:            politech@vorlon.mit.edu
From:          Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
Subject:       FC: Fears of Y2K looting spurs UK to ready secret disaster unit
Reply-to:      declan@well.com

[You can find the story in the "UK News" section of
http://www.independent.co.uk/ --Declan]


From: "Alan Docherty" <freenet@globalnet.co.uk> 
To: "Declan McCullagh"
Subject: Disaster unit for Y2K in UK 
Date: Sun, 8 Nov
1998 12:52:49 -0000 

>From today's Independent

Disaster alert for 2000 bug

By Marie Woolf, Political Correspondent

A secret Cabinet disaster unit, only activated in times of dire civil
emergencies such as nuclear leaks, hostage situations or foreign
invasion, is to be mobilised on 31 December 1999 to cope with the
fall-out from the millennium bug.

The Home Secretary, Jack Straw, also will be put on alert to
co-ordinate a strategy to cope with chaos on Britain's roads, airports
and hospitals.

The Government fears that the ordinary emergency services will be
unable to deal with the mayhem caused by the possible national
shutdown of lifts, air traffic control systems and hospital equipment.

It plans to put the Civil Contingency Unit, run by a secretive cabinet
group known as Cobra, on alert to deal with the situation. The unit,
which has the power to assemble the heads of the Army, Navy, Royal Air
Force, security services and SAS - for emergency strategy meetings -
was last mobilised in 1994 during a training exercise to prepare for a
possible nuclear attack by terrorists.



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