Information Key in Washington State

Like other cities and states across the country, Washington will operate a Year 2000 Coordination Center from Dec. 28 through Jan. 4 at the headquarters of the state's Emergency Operations Center.

However, what might set Washington apart is its Public Information Center, which coupled with the Y2K Coordination Center, will collect and monitor reports from throughout the state, then provide regular news updates on the Access Washington World Wide Web site. It also will send out e-mail and fax updates to news organizations interested in the information.

Beginning at 2 a.m. on Jan. 1, Washington's Y2K Coordination Center will hold media briefings about every two hours until 6:30 a.m., and then at slightly longer intervals through Jan. 4 at 3:30 p.m.

As a final preparation for the date change and the pending media scrutiny, the state's Year 2000 Office and Year 2000 Advisory Board will sponsor a 90-minute news briefing on Dec. 28 with a panel of experts representing a variety of potentially affected areas. They'll be discussing electricity, telecommunications, government services and public health.

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