Eclipse safety: Things to be aware of
Officials estimate that over 1 million people will be traveling to Oregon on Monday to view the solar eclipse.
With this mass amount of people, safety precautions must be made aware.
Here is our list of things to know before you go out on Monday to watch the eclipse.
The Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Department of Forestry have teamed up to get out the message about the wildfire dangers posed by your car during eclipse week.
Just last week, a car that rolled from a parking lot in Maupin sparked a wildfire when its hot undercarriage came in contact with dry grass.
“Try not to drive into anything like tall grass,” said ODOT spokesman, Dave Thompson. “There will be off-road parking at a number of events you might go to or in a campsite, but the foliage has been cut back for where your cars are supposed to be. “
With as many as 1 million visitors coming to Oregon for the total solar eclipse, the medical staffs at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend and McKenzie-Willamtte Medical Center are planning for the worst - and hoping for the best.
At RiverBend, a yurt that can hold dozens of patients for triage is set up outside in case the emergency room is swamped.
The Coast Guard is reminding the public of important safety measures as personnel prepare for an influx of visitors to the Oregon Coast and federal waterways leading up to and through the solar eclipse event on Monday, August 21.
State of Oregon representatives expect more than a million tourists to visit Oregon beaches, towns and campgrounds as the eclipse could be visible in Oregon for the first time since 1979.
The State of Oregon's Public RAPTOR (Real-Time Assessment and Planning Tool for Oregon) Map offers a look at eclipse-related traffic situations, as well as wildfires now burning in the Beaver State.
Health officials are reminding people to be aware of harmful algae blooms in local waterways as people pour into Oregon to see the total solar eclipse.
The Oregon Health Authority said there are several active warnings for algae blooms that produce toxins and pose health risks to people and pets.
Oregon State Police ramped up patrols for the weekend ahead of the total solar eclipse, anticipating an increase in traffic as an estimated 1 million visitors make their way into the path of totality.
State police shared a picture Friday of the Computer Aided Dispatch screen for their units as of noon Friday.
A Portland man is warning others of the dangers of looking at the sun during a solar eclipse after he damaged his eye in the 1960s.
Louis Tomososki said he was watching a partial eclipse decades ago when he lost some of his eyesight.
“We came out those doors right there because the science teacher said there was an eclipse of the sun,” Tomososki said as he pointed to the old Marshall High School.