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FC: Nebraska city preps for Y2K with riot gear, nigh

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Date:          Sat, 06 Feb 1999 22:53:55 -0500
From:          Declan McCullagh <>
Subject:       FC: Nebraska city preps for Y2K with riot gear, night-vision scopes

[Tim May and I were on a talk show recently with the Y2K manager of
>From our discussions on the show (and during commercial breaks) it hardly
comes as a surprise that the city is taking aggressive steps. --Declan]


Web posted Wednesday, February 3, 1999 Nebraska Digest

Norfolk Officials Buy Riot Gear For Y2K

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) -- City officials here are hoping for the best when it comes to possible computer-related problems in the year 2000 -- but they are preparing for the worst.

The City Council on Monday night announced plans to use a grant originally designated for a new camera mug shot system to instead be used for such things as riot gear and night-vision rifle scopes.

Varying degrees of computer problems are expected to occur when Jan. 1, 2000 arrives. In worst-case scenarios, officials fear the problems could spur rioting and looting.

Norfolk Police Chief Bill Mizner said an advisory group met Jan. 11 and recommended buying the emergency equipment.

Some of the items include flashlights, night vision scopes, flashlights that can be attached to rifles and shotguns, gas masks, filters, distraction devices for the police division's tactical team, chemical emissions and helmet shields.

Funds for the equipment will come from a Local Law Enforcement Block Grant of $10,300.

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