A solar eclipse is happening on August 21st. Rich Woodruff from the Utah Red Cross joined GMU with safe viewing tips for the eclipse. Millions of people are expected to make travel plans to see the first solar eclipse visible in this country in 99 years, and the American Red Cross prepared to help them if needed.
- Be informed. Learn how officials contact people in the area you are planning to visit in case of an emergency.
- Let family or friends know where you are going and the route you plan to take to get there.
- Arrive at where you plan to watch the eclipse at least a day ahead of time
- Check the weather forecast ahead of time and throughout the day
- Dress in layers so you can adjust for changes in weather conditions.
- Create an emergency plan. Determine a location to meet in case someone gets separated from your group, and where to go if severe weather occurs.
- Because cell service may be overwhelmed, print out your directions.
- Know where you’re staying at night. Hotel rooms along the eclipse route are mostly sold out, and rentals are extremely high in some cities. Plan to camp if necessary.
- Keep your gas tank full so you don’t run out while stuck in traffic
If you are planning to view the eclipse, remember, looking directly at the sun is unsafe. For steps to take to observe a solar eclipse safely, please refer to information from NASA at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.