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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Y2K Threat to 911

WASHINGTON -- Only 37 percent of the United States' 911 emergency call centers are ready for the Y2K computer challenge that arrives with the new year, according to the President's Council on the Year 2000 Conversion.

John Koskinen, who chairs the council, said 911 computer failures could force emergency personnel to abandon their automated locator systems and use backup manual dispatch methods, which could slow response time.

Time-sensitive dispatch systems that misread 2000 for 1900 or confuse an address will be of little help for police, fire and medical personnel in emergencies.