Tips for coping with Eclipse Day

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CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) If you are hitting the road to see the total eclipse, or just trying to get around back home, expect a busy day on Monday.

Spring City and communities in McMinn County are the optimal viewing locations (they get the longest total eclipse)

But our entire region could be swamped with visitors trying to see it.

So here are some tips from Hamilton County Emergency Management on how to cope with the Monday crowds.

HAVE A PLAN
• Residents & Visitors:
o Start planning now for where you will go to view the eclipse in a safe location.
o Eclipse viewing glasses are strongly encouraged to wear while observing the eclipse.
o Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination throughout the days ahead. Traffic may become HEAVY with large crowds driving in our area to view the eclipse.
o Normal commute times may increase.
o Make sure you maintain a full tank of gas in your car. Lines for fueling may occur.
o If you are driving during the eclipse, KEEP MOVING! Do not stop your vehicle along interstates or any roadways!
o Have snacks, water and first-aid supplies on hand in case crowds/lines/traffic become a concern.
o Be prepared for cell service overloads. There may be service disruptions due to the increase in visitors using the network.
• Businesses
o Prepare for an increase of customers. Grocery stores, gas stations, hotels, restaurants, transportation services, retail stores and many other establishments may experience an increase in business.
o Encourage employees to have a full tank of gas prior to the time visitors begin to arrive in the area. Lines for fuel may occur and you’ll want staff to be able to get to work.
o Be prepared for cell service overloads. There may be service disruptions due to the increase in visitors using the network.
o Be prepared for more cash transactions and potential challenges with credit/debit card transactions taking longer than usual because of increased volumes.

Being prepared is a 365-day-a-year activity. Supporting community preparedness is a big part of Hamilton County Emergency Management’s mission and encourages everyone to STAY SAFE!

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