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What Providers Need to Know about the Solar Eclipse on 4/8/24

You have a front row seat to the Solar Eclipse! On April 8, 2024 starting at 3:00pm, Summit County will be a prime location to view the total solar eclipse. Find out what you need to know from a Provider’s standpoint about safety and preparation for this big event coming to Northeast Ohio.

The solar eclipse should last from approx. 3p-3:10pm. You won’t want to miss this because the next time Ohio will have this opportunity will be in 2099!

Important Information and preparation

With all the excitement of this event come important information and preparation. Summit County’s Emergency Management Agency released a statement saying, “Due to Summit County’s strategic location, our region expects a visitor surge. Historically, eclipse events have led to significant population increases, doubling or even tripling communities. Ohio’s accessibility – within a day’s drive for 70% of the nation’s population – makes it a hotspot for eclipse chasers.”

The Summit County’s Emergency Management Agency also recommends the following preparation measures:

  • Expect Traffic Challenges: Summit County anticipates heavy traffic and extended waiting times on local roads. Your patience and courtesy on the streets are invaluable. Please be considerate and understanding of fellow drivers.
  • Explore Carpooling Options: Carpooling can significantly reduce the number of vehicles on the road. Coordinate with friends, neighbors, or fellow eclipse enthusiasts to share rides. This not only eases traffic but also promotes a sense of community.
  • Fuel Up in Advance: Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of gas or is fully charged if you plan to drive. There may be long waits at gas stations, so having sufficient fuel beforehand will save you time and frustration.
  • Pack Essentials: Bring an ample supply of food and water with you. Having refreshments readily available ensures you can stay nourished and hydrated, especially if you find yourself in a location with limited amenities.

Safety for those we serve

With that, we want providers to be aware that influx of eclipse chasers into the region could cause heavy commuter traffic and communication problems for your staff and those we serve. Summit DD suggests that providers plan ahead to make sure all your staff know to plan for longer commute times and possible telecommunication issues. It will also be important for your staff to know your agencies polices for staying on shift until their relief arrives if there are delays.

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