A Y2Call TO ACtion

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is seeking a shop to help create and place a radio campaign designed to quell fears about the Y2K computer bug.
A request for proposal issued earlier this month was due back last Friday, and state officials will start poring through responses this week, said MEMA representative Doug Cope.
The organization wants to assure Bay State residents that government computers and systems operated by key utility, banking and transportation concerns will be up and running after Dec. 31, 1999, Cope said.
“A lot of progress has been made” in terms of Y2K compliance, and the state now believes no widespread glitches will occur, he said.
Supporting his assertion is a recent survey from the U.S. General Accounting Office, which found that Boston and Dallas are the only two major U.S. cities to have completed Y2K preparedness efforts.
MEMA hasn’t determined whether a cut to finalists will be made or whether a winner will be selected from among the initial respondents. The state hopes to have an agency on board as soon as possible; the $60,000 radio effort will break in October.
–David Gianatasio