On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.    (NASA 2017)

Here in Keizer we are located in the path of totality for the Eclipse, observers will see approximately 1 minute and 49 seconds of totality.  To help you prepare for the Eclipse, and the expected influx of people into Oregon we have some safety tips and helpful information.

 

Safely view the solar eclipse

  • Get to your viewing spot early and do not trespass on private property.
  • Wear appropriate solar eclipse glasses.
  • Do not view the eclipse while driving.

 

Travel tips

  • Be prepared for prolonged travel times and heavy traffic.
  • Fuel your vehicle early.
  • For road conditions, call 511 or visit tripcheck.com.
  • To report a roadside hazard, call 1-888-275-6368, option 1.
  • Stay where you are and off the roads.
  • Let people know where you are going.

 

Emergency preparedness

Plan ahead and come prepared for you and your family.

  • Extra food and water for each family member and don’t forget your pets
  • First aid kit
  • Medications
  • Emergency contact information
  • Map of the area
  • Cell phone and charger or extra battery

–– Cell phones may not work in remote areas or be reliable. During high usage periods, consider texting.

 

Wildfire prevention

  • Know fire risks and respect fire restrictions, such as campfire bans.
  • Avoid parking or driving on dry grass as your vehicle can start a wildfire.
  • Vehicles are required to have a shovel and fire extinguisher or at least a gallon of water in many areas.
  • Do not use candles, fireworks, tiki torches, or other open flames outdoors.

–– Sky lanterns are illegal in Oregon airspace.

  • Smoking materials:

–– Dispose of smoking materials in deep, sturdy ashtrays.

–– Make sure butts and ashes are extinguished by using water or sand.

–– Never discard butts on the ground or in vegetation.

  • During a wildfire, there are three levels of evacuation:

–– Level 1 – Ready: Pack your valuables.

–– Level 2 – Set: Monitor the news reports.

–– Level 3 – Go: An official notice from the sheriff’s office or fire agency to evacuate.

For more information on wildfire prevention and fire restrictions, visit

keeporegongreen.org

 

Campfire safety

Check to ensure if campfires are allowed.

  • Keep a shovel and water nearby to extinguish any escaped embers.
  • Select a site away from grasses, shrubs, overhanging branches, and stacked firewood.

–– Existing fire pits in established campgrounds are best.

  • Scrape away leaves and litter to bare soil, at least 10 feet on all sides of the fire pit.
  • Circle your campfire pit with rocks. Keep your campfire small and add wood in small amounts. Start your campfire with paper, cardboard, or manufactured fire starters. Don’t use gasoline.
  • Never leave the campfire unattended.

–– Before going to bed or leaving the campsite, drown the fire with water, stir the coals, and drown again. Repeat until the fire is out and it is cool to the touch.

 

Hotel & motel safety

  • When you enter your room, review the escape plan posted in your room. Ensure your room has a smoke detector.
  • Take time to find the exits and count the number of doors between your room and the exit. Make sure the exits are unlocked. If they are locked, report it to hotel management right away.
  • Keep your room key by your bed and take it with you if there is a fire.
  • If the alarm sounds, leave right away, closing all doors behind you. Use the stairs — never use elevators during a fire.
  • If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit.
  • If you can’t escape:

–– Shut off fans and air conditioners.

–– Stuff wet towels in the crack around the door.

–– Call 911 and let them know your location.

–– Wait at the window and signal with a flashlight or light colored cloth.

 

For life-threatening emergencies, call 911.

 

RESOURCES

http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/EmergencyManagement

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

https://www.safercar.gov/parents/InandAroundtheCar/heatstroke.htm

http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/SolarEclipse2017.aspx

www.salemareaeclipe.info

 

Eclipse Events in the Area

http://www.keizereclipse.com/

http://www.travelsalem.com/events/total-solar-eclipse-2017