Eclipse Begins
Monday, August 21, 2017, at 10:16am

Anticipated Community Impact Days:Thursday, 08/17 – Tuesday, 08/22

•Area roadways will likely be congested and regular routes are subject to temporary restrictions, visit for additional information; traffic signs will provide up-to-date information on specific roadways.

•Be prepared for heavy bicycle traffic. Please remember to share the roads, trails, and pathways and be courteous to other users, including any emergency vehicles that may be using pathways for emergency response.

•Things to consider doing in advance to make life a little easier during the busiest and heaviest congestion periods:

o Medical Care:
The hospital and urgent care facilities are increasing staffing in anticipation of heavier than normal walk and emergency visits. Fill your medical prescriptions in advance and have an extra supply of any critical medications. Emergency response times are likely to be effected, so please be prepared.

o Errands & Appointments:
Schedule your errands and appointments early, before Thursday the 17th if possible. Check ahead if you have plans for Monday the 21st; some services may be closed or have limited hours during this time. Make plans and dining reservations in advance.

o Supplies:
Overall, supplies may be limited due to the high demand; which may mean the items you want are not available during the impact days. If there is something important you want, get it early, especially basic supplies like water, groceries, etc. If you are camping, plan ahead for equipment and supply needs.

o Gas:
If you normally fill up your gas tank Friday – Monday, be sure to do that task early, before Thursday, August 17th
. If you own a generator, make sure it is functional and ready for use.

o Cash:
If you regularly use cash or want some on hand, consider visiting your local bank or ATM before Thursday, August 17th

•Cellular Service & 911:
With the increased number of visitors, local public safety officials anticipate cellular service may become overwhelmed (primarily Monday the 21st) or have limited access during the impact days. Consider these ideas to assist with communications during this time:

o Develop a communication plan with family and friends if you lose or have limited service.

o If you only have a mobile phone at home find out which of your neighbors have a land-line number in case you need to call 911 for an emergency.

o If you are unable to make a voice phone call you can text to 9-1-1: ! Simply text the number 911 and in the message include your location, the nature of your emergency, and if you need police, fire, medical or search and rescue. Do not use abbreviations. Be prepared for a delayed response.

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