As the countdown begins, here's a timeline to better prepare for the Great American Eclipse
Wednesday Aug. 16
FOOD Help local businesses weather the coming storm by stocking up on a 10-day supply of groceries by this date, including non-perishables that won't spoil easily and extra bottled water. Stock up on ice and of course, the almighty beer.
Good food items to buy: dry pasta, rice, beans, eggs, powdered milk, canned fish, ice, batteries, bread, coffee and tea, cereal, peanut butter, dried fruit, crackers, baby formula, baby diapers, toilet paper and laundry detergent. Ensure you have a manual can opener and basic utensils to prepare and serve meals.
WATER Stock your vehicle with a few gallons of water. One adult should drink one gallon per day. Fill your RV with water.
GAS Fill your cars, RVs, motorhomes, ATVs, ranch and farm equipment and portable gas tanks with gas or diesel. Consider active transportation methods such as walking and biking to your destinations to conserve gas.
PROPANE Refill and purchase extra portable propane tanks.
MEDICINE Have a prescription finishing by Aug. 26? Refill it now to ensure you have enough medication for five days before and after Aug. 21.Your pharmacist may have to call your insurance company to authorize an early prescription renewal. This includes any doggy xanax or dewormer for that pet of yours.
-Pain relievers (ibuprofen, antihistamines, etc)
Thursday Aug. 17
CASH Don't rely on ATMs for the next week, as they may either run out of cash or be affected by slow internet connections or possible power outages. Have extra cash on hand for all of your needs.
COPIES Of important documents such as important health records, insurance cards and immunization records.
Friday Aug. 18
BACKUP PLANS Because traffic may be severely backed up on Monday, Aug. 21, make extra plans for daycare pickup, caregiver plans and checking in on those disabled or sick. Make a plan if you cannot reach them. Think about your pet and leave early to let them out. Reschedule non-emergency doctors and dentist visits for after Aug. 26.
EMERGENCY In this extreme fire season and with intense pressure on local fire and police departments, consider purchasing a fire extinguisher, first aid kit and extra batteries. A bucket with a plastic bag for toilet emergencies may just be a good idea.
Saturday Aug. 19
ECLIPSE GLASSES Don't wait until the last minute to get NASA certified, ISO 12312-2 solar eclipse glasses. Ensure they are not torn, scratched or wrinkled. A welding mask, lens #14 or darker also works. Do not – under any circumstances – use sunglasses or look directly at the sun. You can use your eclipse glasses to gaze at sunspots after the eclipse.
Sunday, Aug. 20
CONSERVE Start to conserve water and avoid watering the lawn. Unplug appliances you aren't using and turn down the A/C to 78 degrees.
Backup computer data, photos on your phone and start charging all of your devices. Make a backup communication method in case heavy usage starts impacting cell coverage and Internet. Apps like FireChat use Bluetooth to communicate with users.
PATIENCE Who knows what to expect... but brace for many people, heavy traffic and long lines. Stay at home, if possible to avoid congestion and hot weather. Knitting, Sudoku, Monopoly, yoga, dice, card games, meditation, looking into your partner's eyes instead of a cell screen and twiddling your thumbs are almost all great ways to pass the time.
Monday Aug. 21
E-DAY Grab a lawn chair, your ISO-certified solar glasses, sunscreen, a hat, friends and family and settle in wherever you've planned to watch the eclipse. If you're driving, avoid Hwy. 97 and budget three times the time period to get there.
9:06am Eclipse begins in Central Oregon. The moon will begin to obscure the sun.
10:19am Totality begins and lasts for approximately 2.02 minutes, depending on your location. If you are in totality, when the moon completely obscures the sun, it is then safe to take off your eclipse glasses (look away from the sun, take them off and then gaze up). Return your glasses once the moon moves again. In partiality, you must wear your eclipse glasses.
10:21am Totality ends.
11:41 Eclipse ends
Extra items that may make your time more comfortable:
Solar batteries and lamps.
Hand cranked, battery or solar powered radio for updates on emergencies in case of power outage.
Apps that use Bluetooth for communication such as Firechat. No data, wifi or cell coverage required. Get the usernames of your friends now.
Paperwork about any serious or ongoing medical conditions.
Your completed family emergency plan, with contact information.
Maps of the area.
Extra set of car keys and house keys.
Information provided by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, NASA, Central Oregon Emergency Information Network and Oregon Health Authority.
First Aid Kit Essentials:
(Recommended by Central Oregon Emergency Information Network)
-2 absorbent compress dressings (5x9")
-25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
-1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1")
-5 antibiotic ointment packets
-5 antiseptic wipe packets
-2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
-1 emergency blanket (aka space blanket)
-1 breathing barrier with one-way valve
-1 instant cold compress
-2 pair of latex-free gloves in your size
-2 hydrocortisone ointment packets
-1 roller bandage
- 3" wide 1 roller bandage
- 4" wide 5 sterile gauze pads
- 3x3" 5 sterile gauze pads
- 4x4" Oral thermometer (non mercury, non glass)
-2 triangular bandages
-Storage container for all items