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Y2K Scavenger Hunt

"Better to have a plan and no emergency than an emergency and no plan"

Compiled by Jan Nickerson 508-358-7002
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Score 1 point for every Item.
Record Your Points to the Left.
Add them up Each Week, by Topic.

Light _____ ________ _______
___ Flashlights
___ Sets of flashlight batteries
___ Spare flashlight bulbs
___ Pairs of lightsticks (great Holiday Gift idea!)
Avoid candles, flame lights.

Water ____ ________ _______
___ 2 liter pop bottle filled with tap water.
___ Days water supply for the family (2 bottles per person per day.

Food _____ ________ _______
___Lists of non-perishable food you like (1 point per list per family member)
Canned vegetables
Meat/fish, peanut butter
Canned fruit, juice, fruit that lasts (e.g. apples, raisins)
Snacks & treats (e.g. granola bar, trail mix, nuts)
___ Trying a milk substitutes on your cereal until you find one you like
(canned, dried)
___ Loaves of bread in freezer for January on
___ Trying a sandwich on a bread substitute (e.g. crackers, pancakes, rice
___ Manual can opener
___ Number of week's supply of pet food put aside for January and later
___ Number of days supply of family food put aside for January and later

Warmth/Shelter ______ _____ _____
___ Sleeping bag or blanket
___ Newspaper for insulation (1 point per foot)
___ Name of one room where your family would stay and keep warm, if you lost
___ Practice building a nest in your home (Drape blanket over table)
___ List of emergency stuff for a duffel bag
___ Duffel bag packed, ready-to-go with essentials
___ Laminated picture ID, with contact info, on a cord
___ List of things to bring to shelter, if need be (no pets! no candles!)

Transportation _____ ______ _______
___ Bike with full tires and good brakes

Health _______ ________ _______
___ 30 day supply of prescriptions, vitamins and medications (consider
allergies, inhalers, colds)
___ First Aid Kit and Manual
___ Location of nearest CPR medic __________
___ Pair of spare glasses or contacts
___ Back-up refrigeration if req'd for prescriptions
___ Box of Baby Wipes for "hand-showers"
___ Container to collect gray water and rain
___ Practice flushing toilet with water from bucket - 1 point per household
member practicing (Note: if power outages and diesel fuel shortages, towns
typically have 1/2 to 2 days water. Avoid flushing; use "gray" water or rain

Clothing ____ _______ _______
___ Set of warm socks, knit cap, gloves, coat, and waterproof boots (all must
___ Set of insulated underwear

Communications _____ ________ _______
___ Whistle and lanyard
___ Battery-operated radio
___ Sets of batteries for radio
___ 4 color House Alert (window triangle or cloth flag (red = HELP!; orange =
help; green = OK; blue = I'm available to help. One pt per House Alert made
for relatives, friends, neighbors)

Safety ______ ________ _______
___ Fire drill, incl how to use fire extinguishers
___ Smoke detectors with fresh batteries
___ Fire Extinguisher
___ Family member who knows how to use a fire extinguisher
___ Locate your neighborhood's fire box. (Use ONLY if fire or
life-threatening crisis or, kids only, for any safety issue with no other
___ Knowing Carbon monoxide symptoms (headache, nausea, disorientation)

Entertainment ______ ________ _______
___ Non-electric games, books, crayons, paper, puzzles, knitting, journal,
playing cards (up to 10 points per household member)
___ Novels, biographies or "How-To" books before 1900 (pre-electric days) (up
to 10 points)
___ Battery radio or CD player with spare batteries
___ Note reminding household to turn off computers, and unplug TVs when not
in use, just in case
___ Surge protector for computer

Neighborhood ______ _____ ______
___ Neighbor's house, name AND a handy skill or tool on map
___ Neighbor with Medic or CPR skills: ______
___ Neighbor with Ham radio or scanner: ____
___ Neighbor who will look in daily on a neighbor living alone or elderly (
________ will look in on ___________)
___ List of ways your family could help neighbors

Learn More ______ _____ ______
___ Explaining Y2K to your family
___ Each lesson learned from preparedness drill (Try 24 hours with no power,
heat, phone or fuel)
___ Y2K Connections game played with your family or neighbors (1 pt per
player per game)
___ Checking out
___ Each activity done from the living history learning project at
___ Checking out
___ Checking out
___ Each family member who reads Y2K Citizens Action Guide
___ Each family member who reads any other Y2K book (1 point per member per
___ Each family member who watches any Y2K video (1 point per member per
___ Picking up handouts - local town Y2K information center
___ Each family member who reads handouts from local town Y2K information
___ Checking out the resources at

Practicing ______ _____ ______
___ Each Activity done in "A Y2K Basic Preparedness Plan" brochure
___ Playing "Black Out" one evening. ("Black Out"
___ Turn out all the lights in the house just before sunset and get out
flashlights and battery powered radios. Make up games to play with the
flashlights and radio. Spend at least two hours with all lights and the TV
turned off.)
___ Role-playing "Power's Out": Ask each family member what they would do
first if the power ceased. Everyone acts that out.
___ Note by the phone with emergency #s (police: ________; fire: _______;
doctor: ______)
___ Car flares for alerting neighbors
___ Learning how to set a car flare (older kids only and with parents ONLY!)
___ Name of farthest neighbor who can hear your car horn ________

Santa: Consider for Gifts This Year No points for these, but you might want
to check off which of these are on your Wish List:
Solar-battery operated flashlight/radio
Back-up hand-pump flashlight
Tap light
Hands-free headlamp
Whistle and lanyard
Two-way walkie-talkies (1 mile?)
Hand-crank/solar multiband radio
Warm clothing, cats, gloves, boots, socks
Sleepers (fleece pajamas)
Sleeping bag
Non-electric games

Experiences or Lessons to Share

Remember to do!


Formatting: this scavenger hunt fits on 1 sheet of paper, doublesided, using
2 columns.
I bold the headings.
I have 3 lines after each heading, so kids/families can tally up their
cumulatives each week, and keep on going for more the next week.

Consider sponsoring this in your neighborhood or local school. Offer prizes
each week for the most points, best demonstration, best neighborhood map,
etc. Get some local media coverage. Ask your newspaper to print the
scavenger check list.

Have Fun Getting Prepared!

As you think of improvements or more ideas for this scavenger hunt, I'd love
to hear about it. At


Jan Nickerson
Y2KConnections ~ building community not crises ~ the ONLY Y2K game in town