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Prepare for possible heavy traffic, and long lines for local services (restaurants, gas
stations, grocery and retail stores). Leave early and do not rush. Consider alternate
routes, especially on Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9, as our visitors leave.

Errands and Appointments

Schedule these for before Thursday, April 4. Check ahead if you have plans or appointments for Monday, April 8,

since some services or locations may be closed or have limited hours during this time. By scheduling your errands early, you will beat the crowds and give our local stores and businesses time to restock before the eclipse visitors arrive;

this includes grocery shopping, prescriptions, etc.


Supplies may be limited due to the high demand; which may mean the items you want are

not available during the impact days. If an item is necessary or very important, get it early.



A large demand on fuel supplies is expected from

4/4 through 4/9, so fill up your gas tank early.



If you regularly use cash or want some on hand for emergency use,

consider visiting your local bank or ATM before Thursday, April 4.


Know when it is appropriate to call 911 (true emergencies).


Cellular Service

With the increased number of visitors, local public safety officials anticipate cellular

service may become overwhelmed or have limited access during the impact days.  

1) Develop a communication plan with family and friends if you lose or have limited service and

2) If you only have a mobile phone at home, find out which of your neighbors

have a landline number in case you need to call 911 for an emergency.


Public Water Systems

Consider postponing using “extra” water during the anticipated impact

days to take a little pressure off of the public water systems during that time.


Individual/Family Emergency Plans

If you do not have an emergency kit or have not talked about your emergency plans,

now is a great time to do so. Make sure family members and friends know your plans.


Safe Viewing of the Eclipse

You never want to look directly at the sun without protection except during totality (complete darkness),

since that could severely hurt your eyes. Special eyeglasses are available to provide for safe viewing of the eclipse.

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