Our Emergency Preparedness Coordinator shared this information with hospital staff and we wanted you all to be “in the know” too! A little education can go a long way! Download the printable version here:
On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will experience an eclipse of the Sun. The path of totality is where the moon will completely cover the Sun and the Sun's corona will be seen 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.
Where you can see the Eclipse?
The first point of contact will be at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Totality begins there at 10:16 a.m. PDT. Over the next hour and a half, it will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.
The total eclipse will end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. EDT. From there the lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 EDT.
Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds.
- The last total eclipse in the United States occurred on Feb. 26, 1979.
- The last total eclipse that crossed the entire continent occurred on June 8, 1918.
- The last time a total solar eclipse occurred exclusively in the U.S. was in 1778.
- Experiencing a total solar eclipse where you live happens on average about once in 375 years.
- 12.2 million Americans live in the path of the total eclipse.
- About 200 million people (a little less than 2/3 the nation's population) live within one day's drive of the path of this total eclipse.
General Safety Rules
- Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
- Always supervise children using solar filters.
- Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the sun. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
- Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. The concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
- If you are within the path of totality remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases.
Eclipse Viewing Safety
Looking directly at the Sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the Sun’s bright face.
The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses" or hand-held solar viewers.
Only purchase Solar Glasses or filters from a reputable vendor!
General Emergency Preparedness Guidance
- Fill your car up with gas and buy groceries before the weekend.
- Follow the guidance of local public safety officials and your event organizers.
- Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination throughout the weekend. Traffic will be heavy with large crowds going to and from events all weekend.
- Be prepared for hot weather while viewing the eclipse. Make sure you have bottled water, sunscreen, first aid kit and protective eyewear.
- Be patient and bring books, games, etc., to keep busy.
- Call 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies only.
- Have an emergency kit and a plan.
- Make sure family members or friends back home know your schedule, when you are expected to return and your plan if something happens.
- Be prepared for cell service overloads; there may be service disruptions due to the increase in visitors using networks.