The long-awaited solar eclipse is right around the corner, and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division reminds residents and visitors to have a plan for August 21.
“Emergency managers are planning for an estimated influx of more than one million visitors into South Carolina for several days on either side of the eclipse,” SCEMD says. “Expect nearly everything to be above capacity for nearly a week total. Residents, businesses and visitors should all be prepared for this historic event by keeping safety in mind.”
The division’s safety tips are similar to what you’d see in a natural disaster — in the next week, you might feel like you’re preparing for a hurricane rather than a solar eclipse.
The safety tips include:
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Make a plan now. Know where you’re going to view the eclipse and what you need to bring with you.
Pack a bag with bottled water, sunscreen, a first aid kit and any medication.
Make sure you wear certified eclipse viewing glasses if you plan to view the eclipse.
Expect heavy traffic — plan to leave early wherever you’re headed, even if you’re not participating in eclipse viewing.
Stay at your viewing destination until well after the eclipse is over.
Run weekly errands, fill up your car with gas, do your grocery shopping before next Friday (August 18).
Listen to public officials and emergency managers — they’ll help you get where you want to go safely.
Do not stop your vehicle along the side of an interstate or any road to view the eclipse.
Do not try to view the eclipse while driving — Definitely don’t try to wear eclipse glasses while operating a motor vehicle.
Tell a friend or family member where you’re headed and when to expect you back on eclipse day.
More information can be found at scemd.org/TotalEclipse.