On Monday, August 21, 2017, the first solar eclipse in the continental United States in 38 years will arc from Oregon to South Carolina. NEMA, along with its partner agencies, is working to ensure that those in Nebraska for the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, have safe and enjoyable experience. Emergency managers across the state are preparing for in influx of thousands of visitors.
Suggestions for Residents and Visitors
- Be prepared for crowds, lines and traffic. Be patient. Bring books, games, etc., to keep busy.
- Have snacks, water and first-aid supplies on hand in case crowds/lines/traffic become paramount.
- Have an emergency kit and an emergency plan; make sure family members or friends back home know your schedule, when you are expected to return and your plan if something happens.
Suggestions for Employers
- Prepare for a big jump in customers. Grocery stores, gas stations, hotels, restaurants, transportation services, coffee shops, retail stores, urgent care clinics and many other establishments will experience a jump in business. We encourage them to order goods and schedule staff accordingly.
- Be aware that many visitors will be camping in both authorized and unauthorized locations; expect customers who may be primarily interested in using rest rooms.
- Encourage employees to have a full tank of gas prior to the time visitors begin to arrive in the area. Lines for fuel may occur and you’ll want staff to be able to get to work.
- Be prepared for more cash transactions and potential challenges with credit/debit card transactions taking longer than usual because of increased volumes. Consider having tills set up to accommodate more cash transactions.
- Be prepared for cell service overloads; there may be service disruptions due to the increase in visitors using networks. Visitors may have urgent requests to use your business telephone line if they are having trouble with cell service. Decide how you want to handle these requests and make sure employees know what to do.
- Talk to suppliers. Some suppliers may be considering delivery schedule changes due to the event(s). Suppliers may also be looking at how the increased traffic on rural roads may impact delivery times.
- Nebraska Eclipse 2017 website
- NDOT Eclipse website
- The Great American Eclipse
- Traffic Conditions
- Viewing Safety Tips (NASA)
- Public Engagement Programs (NASA)
- Eclipse Science (NASA)
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