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News Release
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It's the beginning of eclipse week - quick preparedness tips for residents and businesses (Photo) - 08/14/17

ENJOY THE ECLIPSE -- STAY SAFE -- PLAN AHEAD!
This is a drill of your family emergency plans

Anticipated Community Impact Days - Columbia Gorge:
Thursday, 08/17 -- Tuesday, 08/22/17
Eclipse occurs: Mon. Aug 21, beginning at 9:04am; 10:15-10:235 total eclipse (approx.)

Quick tips from Hood River County Sheriff's Office:

DRIVING
o ODOT estimates 1 million Oregon eclipse visitors on our roads
o Travel delays are likely on I-84, Highways 35 and 26, and interstate bridges
o Major car accident + 1 million visitors = freeway / highway slowed or stopped
o Closures / delays impact roads in town - plan ahead -- allow extra time - avoid
unnecessary travel - be patient

SUPPLIES
o Stock up by Thursday 8/17 with food, fuel and supplies
o Fuel shortages are expected. Ensure you have full tanks of fuel.

COMMUNICATIONS
o Cellular network impacts are likely due to one million extra visitors
o Text may be more reliable than calls
o Business point of sale systems reliant on cellular - i.e. Square -- could be impacted
o Have a backup communication plan that doesn't rely on cell or internet
o Get Hood River County Citizen Alerts: www.HoodRiverSheriff.com/events/emergency-alerts

COMMUNITY RISKS
o Prime wildfire season + 1 million visitors + prime tourism season = greater risk
o Think about your family evacuation plans
o Talk through your family emergency plans

WILDFIRE PREVENTION AND RESPONSE
o During a wildfire, there are three levels of evacuation:
?,? Level 1 -- Ready: Pack your valuables.
?,? Level 2 -- Set: Monitor the news reports.
?,? Level 3 -- Go: An official notice from the sheriff's office or fire agency to evacuate.
o Know fire risks and respect fire restrictions, such as campfire bans.

MORE TIPS: http://www.hoodriversheriff.com/events/solar-eclipse-planning